#1 here. I fear this will be one of those occasions when I just hijack the blog for my own ends, but I will start with news from home. Everyone is fine. Tommy had an outing to Normandy and the kitties are all well. As for me, I am in horse heaven here in Des Moines, Iowa! I had my first full day at the World Percheron Congress today. The welcome I received was so warm and I am really enjoying getting to know the breeders and meeting some of the horses. One of the highlights was when young Abraham, son of the famed Windermere Farms (in Pennsylvania, Khyra!) showed me his mares!
It's great to see the next generation so keen on continuing the family business!
Also great was the sight of stallion Trademark getting a full manicure-pedicure with three people attending to him simultaneously!
Actually, the horses have full spa facilities available to them during their stay!
These guys, from Priefert Rodeo & Ranch Equipment are known as "Texas Thunder" and are famous for galloping into the show ring at full speed. Maybe I can catch them in full action later this week.
This six-horse hitch is from Shining Stars, local Iowa breeders with a twist. They combine Percherons with childcare and the two apparently make a perfect match!
Last but not least. I was interviewed by Iowa Public Television as part of an hour-long documentary they are making. It will be aired on November 28. Details are here.
All in well, a wonderful first day, and there are several more to go!