Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wednesday Cathedral Whinnies!

Violette: Pretty Neighs, Everyone! As Vidock mentioned on Monday, we had a very exciting day on Sunday. In fact, it was so very exciting that we will cover it over two different posts this week and next. I will start this week with our late morning activities. You see, we were invited to be part of a Percheron honour guard at the exit of the great mass of the wine-growers at Chartres Cathedral. For those of you who might not be familiar with it, Chartres Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the most spectacular Gothic cathedrals in Europe. It is particularly well-known for its stained glass windows.

Vidock was ridden by Uncle E and I was ridden by Mr. JPD who worked with me last spring and is now working with Vidock. #1 says we both looked totally outstanding, so here are some photos for you. First, the cathedral itself:

The two of us:

Vidock facing the cathedral:

The rest of us were on both sides of the great doors:

There was a big procession of all the food-related guilds: 

And then, the most amazing thing happened! The Bishop of Chartres came out in his white robes and as he went by, he stopped in front of only one horse and stretched out his hand. It was ME!!!!

I felt truly blessed!

As for Vidock, he was mobbed!

We took a souvenir photo with all the horses:

And then, we headed back.

Dear Friends, it was a truly amazing experience!


  1. I'm so happy and proud of you Violette - you are so beautiful and special that it is no wonder that the Bishop stopped to greet you. And Vidock is so well mannered in the big crowd. Looking forward to Part 2. Big cheers to Violette, Vidock, and #1!!

  2. Violette, you and Vidock looked so good.
    We are not surprised you were singled out as you are so pretty :)
    Vidock getting mobbed too :o
    Looks like you two had a pawsome time.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  3. How awesome! You two looked totally amazing!

  4. Wow what s real honor to be picked for this. Chartres is truly an amazing place. You both look fantastic in these pics. #1 must be so proud of both of you and rightly so. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures we look forward to hearing more about it.

  5. Bless you both for being such well mannered Percheron. I am honored to know you.

  6. We are all so proud of you both, you look wonderful too! Hey, do you follow The Swiss Cats? They have a post you might be interested in today.

  7. Wow, that is really amazing! How wonderful the bishop stopped for you, and only you. But it's not surprising as you are such a beautiful girl!

  8. I so enjoyed seeing these photos on FB and here on your blog. What an exciting day!

    Monty and Harlow

  9. You know how special that is Violette? The Bishop came to you!!!! It doesn't surprise me though. You and Vidock are so wonderful. I really enjoyed these photos. It's so exciting! The Chartres Cathedral is absolutely gorgeous. I learned about it in Art History class. It's all about the V's today.You are great and I hope your day is too!

  10. Whooa! You are a superstar
    Lily & Edward

  11. Oh, Violette, we are beaming with so much pride and joy for both you and vidock!!! What an awesome experience and opportunity!!! You look gorgeous with your lovely braid and Vidock looks so regally handsome!!!

    Thanks for telling us about your big day.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  12. Pawsome ! You both are simply wonderful ! Purrs

  13. Violette, you have such a beautiful and calm look and those gorgeous eyes radiate such sweetness and gentleness the Bishop could not resist you. He felt the goodness you radiate. You made him feel comfortable with you.
    ($&@$ to the man who called you common.)
    Vidock, you're a star, as always.
    We'd love to see more photos.

  14. What a wonderful day for you both, and also for #1 of course. That was a great honour for the Bishop to hold his hand out to you alone.

  15. We are all caught up on your lovely adventures! :) Violette, you truly looked magnificent , as did Vidock! You both were part of a really special and memorable event :)

    the critters in the cottage xo


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