Monday, October 16, 2006

Oct 8: Fair: Shire Show

An English Shire show, in England! I spent quite a while drooling over these big horses. It was interesting to me that there were a lot of bays, whereas in the US you mostly see black or gray shires, and hardly any bays. The English ones seemed heavier and less leggy than their American counterparts.

Never seen one this gray this young!

I was completely surprised to see that part of the Shire show was a class under saddle. I've seen people ride drafts, and seen it done as entertainment at draft horse shows, but I'd never seen a competition with drafts under saddle, so that was really neat.

And they finished it off with a lap around the ring at the canter!

This horse was kicking up and having a bit of fun, the rider looked like she was having fun too!

They had a real odd way of grooming the youngsters. Personally I thought it looked rather unappealing, like someone had an accident with the hair gel. All the little guys were groomed like this, with the hair all stiff looking and brushed upward. Bleh, I prefer them in all their fuzzy glory!

Unlike the pickups and horse trailers that you would see at a horse show around here, a lot of horses (ponies and donkeys too, this was not limited to the drafts) were hauled in these horse vans, I'd never seen anything like those before! The few horse trailers I did see looked very different than the ones I see around here, none of the fancy shmancy expensive bells-and-whistles trailers!

Next stop, the poultry show (this'll take me a while to sort through the photos!)


Sari said...

Hi there; this is going to seem like a totally random and ever-so-slightly weird comment, but I was searching for Shire photos on Google and I found your photos of the Shire Horse Society Autumn Show. This photo is me - ( I laughed so much!! The horse's name is Comet, he was being a bit of a doughnut that day. :)

Anyway, just wanted to show my appreciation of the post and for sharing the photos (always nice to see!). I'm glad you had a good day!

Katherine Plumer said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad you wrote! I got such a kick out of watching that show and your horse is adorable! Give Comet a carrot and tell him he's on the internet. :-)

Sari said...

Well, I got a kick out of finding this! So thank you, once again. It really is lovely to hear how much these horses are loved.

Comet isn't mine, he's part of the Waldburg Shire Horse team who I groom/ride for on occassion. They're the guys whose 6 horse team pulls the coach in the Lord Mayor's Parade through London in November - so he's a very talented boy!

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