Defining the term “Warmblood” has and probably always will be a highly debatable topic for those of us in the horse world. Each team would have the same number of games played. After the season is over, playoffs would be seeded and played in the tournament-style events like Meadowlands. That should be how playoffs are done. Right now it seems they have no relevance at all other than winning you money and giving you points. Our bidding protocol was discussed ahead of time with Melissa and she offered to bid for us. This turned out to be a blessing as everything went much faster then expected once the bidding began. The auction started with the auctioneer starting at 5,000 Euros on the first horse and it quickly escalated from there. The auctioneer did present in German but a handy scroll board was available above him showing the current bid. Several young people were present around the arena to act as pointers and help direct the auctioneer’s attention to an active bidder. The actual bidding was done with a yellow card contained in the brochure and decorated with the Hanoverian logo. When the card was raised high a full bid was made when the card was presented horizontally the buyer was attempting to make a half bid which the auctioneer may or may not accept. Perhaps I could never beat TSquared but because gaming does not involve physicality, the difference between us would be only dedication. He is a lot more dedicated than I am, and has been for a very long time. The professional gaming plays video games as his life. I chose a different career path. Just like I wouldn’t be as good a forensic investigator as someone who has 20 years experience, I wouldn’t be as good a gamer as TSquared if I competed against him right now. Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen was born in Stillorgan, co. Dublin (Southern Ireland) in 1878 and worked as a draughtsman and painter in the early 1900s. After war broke out, Orpen was drafted as an official War Artist alongside many other well-known painters of the day, including Augustus John and Sir John Lavery. His time on the Western Front in France was spent painting and drawing dead soldiers, prisoners of war and official portraits. The horrors of war had a strong impact on his work, and art critics noted a much more detached essence to his post-war output. He died in London, in 1931, aged 53. He wanted the competition to be the nucleus but then surround that with unique entertainment, delectable food, a family atmosphere, and a VIP lifestyle. In order to do that, it needed to be presented to them in the right way. It had to be exciting, easy to follow, accessible, and touch their emotions. His goal was to show that the beauty of the horse transcends the sport, if packaged properly.