To kick off what is going to be a pretty long Sunday post, here are several pictures of me snuggling with my little sister, Sei-Chan:
And one of Sei-Chan and Tom "chilling" together...
and doing a "toe to toe"
And now, I shall pass the keyboard to #1 and the horsies...
#1 here. Thank you for all the nice comments about the few photos I put up yesterday. In answer to a question, the Percheron horse is one of the 9 breeds of draft horse in France, and probably the most widespread breed of draft horse in the world. The breed originated in the part of France where we live, which is actually called the Perche. This 2-day event was the French National Percheron Championships in which the "best of breed" are chosen for both stallions and mares. The first day is dedicated to stallions. There were more than 100 of them present and they were shown in the courtyard of the chateau which is the main building of the national stud at Haras du Pin (created by Louis X!V). Today's photos will all be of the stallions, and we will post the "girls" tomorrow.
First off, a lovely 2-year old from the "lightweight" class, whose name is Tom (!) de Prainville:
The Percheron are all braided for presentation using wool, and when the braids are undone, they look like they have had a perm!
This magnificent 4-year old stallion is Rivulus de Lavande who was best in his category as both a 2-year and a 3-year old, and 2nd in the supreme championship this year. He is "expecting" 59 foals next spring!! He has a wonderful personality and is very sweet!
Here he is in front of the jury, in the castle courtyard:
And finally for today, here is Seigneur de la Meule who was this year's supreme stallion!