Vidock: Studly Neighs, EveryFriend! We promised you last week that we would tell you about the rest of our day on Sunday, September 27th, and here I am to do just that!
As soon as we got back from the cathedral, had a little hay, and our people ate lunch, we had to get ready for the afternoon's big event which was a parade commemorating the First World War. It was presented as a series of sketches with letters being read out that were written by a man at the front and his wife back at the farm. I was right at the front of the parade, ridden by Uncle E in a splendid heavy cavalry uniform, complete with armour!
The saddle was a genuine 1914 military saddle. And that's a real sword!
Here we are in the actual parade:
There were lots and lots of spectators!
This next pic is the one that #1 says looks the most romantic:
And here is #1 goofing off... She can be quite embarrassing at times...
I just pretend to be asleep...
Violette: Whilst the Big V was strutting about, doing his "war horse" thing, I was with my #1. We were taking part together in a scene on the requisition of horses. Military troops would come into farms and take their horses for use in the war effort. The only exception was if horses had a physical problem or mares were in foal. So, #1 told them I had a limp (true) and that I was in foal (NOT TRUE!), so they didn't take me! Can you imagine how sad it was to see your horses being taken away, knowing you would probably never see them again?
For this, #1 had to dress up as a peasant woman of circa 1914. That was interesting... It was the first time in over 25 years she had to put on a dress!
Here we are on our way to the start of the parade, through the streets of Chartres:
Waiting for the parade to start:
Here we are with the officers doing the requisition:
And you know what was amazing? That mare in front of me in this next photo, she is my half-sister! Her name is Mignonne! We have the same Mama.
This is #1 favourite pic of the two of us. I really like it too.
And we got a pic of both me and Vidock with our respective people:
It was such a fun day in every way. We both love these outings and #1 says it's really good for us to be out and about and show people what wonderful horses we Percherons are!