#1 here, reporting from the Percheron World Congress which gets under way today with the conference organised by yours truly. Yesterday was mainly a day for arrivals and settling in, but as the English teams had arrived the previous afternoon, they were available to accept an invitation to take part in the traditional Thursday afternoon presentation at the Haras du Pin. Here are some pics from that:
The 2011 British Champion Percheron Stallion, Willingham Hempsall II:
An 1893 vegetable cart:
A 1911 boat wagon (the blue bit could actually be lifted off and used as a boat!)
A sporty modern wagonette:
A unicorn hitch (one horse in front and two behind) pulling a dray from 1900, on their way back to the stables after the show:
I was riding in the vegetable cart which is how I got such a good shot!
Going off in a totally different direction, I also wanted to mention that today marks one year since sweet Yuu-Chan left us to go to the Bridge. We all still miss him so very much. In memory of his beloved presence, I am wearing his last collar as a bracelet over this weekend. I will never forget you, my soulful boy: