Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Wednesday Wonders

First, The Chans and Tommy would like to make a special announcement. They have been following the campaign for CAT RULER OF THE WORLD. This is a really hard one as so many of our friends are finalists, but we have decided to endorse our good friend SPARKLE for this. Why? Well, there is no doubtless something of the old Abyssinian-Somali "thang" at work, but there is another reason: we are great fans of TABBY'S PLACE, an amazing shelter that takes in cats who have nowhere else to go. We are always awed by their work, and it is the shelter that Sparkle has chosen to campaign for. You can find their blog here.

#1 here now, hijacking the blog from New Brunswick in Canada! I am in Fredericton to attend the Draft Horse Show at the Fredericton Exhibition, and wanted to share some of that with you.

Let me start, however, with the trip which took me over the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge over tidal icy waters in the world at 12.9km (8 miles):

And I loved the sign just as I arrived in New Brunswick:

So, back to big horses! Like all big Draft Horse Shows, this one features Clydesdales and Belgians as well as Percherons, but no prizes for guessing who I came to see!

A lot of work goes into getting horses ready for the showring!

The elegance of the single cart:

It's always nice to see a few greys in the sea of black Pecherons! These guys are from Blue Haze Percherons, in New Brunswick:

The six-horse hitches are always so impressive! The winner this time was Jeff and Mona Fiske's Thunder Hill Percherons, from Kentville, Nova Scotia!

 These guys trot around the ring at such a clip that many of the photos come out just like this:

Today will see lots more events, with all the Percheron line classes (in-hand presentations), and several more driving classes in the afternoon!


  1. Tabby's Place sounds like a wonderful place to support!

    When our humans were in Hawaii, they saw lots of signs about Nene (Hawaiian Goose) crossing the road!

  2. That is one khool bridge!

    Of khourse, seeing all the horse doggies is furry pawesome!

    Khyr and The Golden Khousins MERDIE! and Harley

  3. Eight miles is a long way over water!
    The horses are magnificent and they look so proud as well they should.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  4. Those horses are something to see. We have never seen so many horses in the flesh before and so we are always pleased to be able to see them here.

    the amigos and san

  5. Thank you so much for supporting me - and especially Tabby's Place! I really think Tabby's Place sets the standard for cat sanctuaries.

  6. our the mom just LOVES those competitions - she will sit for HOURS at the state fair to watch them!

  7. Fantastic photos! #1 must be enjoying herself so much!

    That bridge is incredible - Murray was most impressed with how long it was!

    - Clive & Co

  8. Coolies! Lots of horsies!
    We're watching the Cat Ruler of the World too, wow, it's gonna be tough!

  9. Beautiful! Love the braids , beads and pomp on the manes-so elegant and charming!

    We , unfortunately, didn't see percherons at the agricultural section of the PNE Vidock et Violette. If we had , we would have made a great fuss over them :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

  10. LP said it all, #1...all. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  11. thanks for showing us those beautiful horses #1, bet you are having a wonderful time in NB! Have a safe drive back to the island!!


  12. Percherons and Moose Crossing! Those show horses look so regal when all done up. Just breathe taking!

  13. Those horses are beautiful
    Benny & Lily

  14. Beauteous Horses!Mommy wants to drives on that bridge one day.


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