Friday, 23 September 2011

The Pre-Show!

#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:


  1. We will never forget him either. Such a sweet and special boy.

  2. We nevver got to meet Yuu-Chan but he looks like a sweet kitty.
    Good luck with the Show!

  3. That is really nice that you have his little collar as a bracelet. It keeps him close and I bet it will help send vibes to Vidock. He is showing off this weekend, right?


  4. Missing Yuu-chan too. Great horse photos - keep up the good work!

  5. When we light our khandle tonight fur those North of The RB, we'll keep Yuu-ChanChat in our thoughts -

    Along with the others...

    What great horse doggie pikhs!

    PeeEssWoo: Hi Tommy!!!

  6. We just forgot to breath. Really. Those horsies are stunning...breathtaking!! Then we got a HUGE lump in our throats looking at the picture of Yuu....what a wonderful, sweet boy he was....we miss him too and send you lots of purrs and headbutts to know that he won't be forgotten even by those who never met him. What a lovely boy he was. RIP Yuu. Purrs, Lautrec and Tiny (oh, ok, and Ellwood and Ginger...if you insist!)

  7. Stunning pictures there of the horses. I would never get a chance at such a sight if you weren't there. I am amazed you have the time to write something for us and very grateful.

    Mom's eyes watered a bit with the wearing of Yuu-Chan's collar. xoxox

  8. A year since he left...... we miss him too. The world was robbed of a fine young cat. Purrs x

  9. A year already - we miss him he was such a lovely litle mancat in training. We know you will be sad today #1 but he would want you to enjoy your Percheron World Congress. We know Yuu-Chan will be cheering and watching for you from Rainbow Bridge.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  10. What a nice tribute to Yuu-Chan. Vidock has an exciting day ahead
    Benny & Lily

  11. Sending Snuffles


    Pei-Ess Good luck Vidock!

  12. Oh, what a cute boy Yuu-chan!!
    Good luck with the show!!

  13. Soft woos and gentle hugs to all of you in Yuu-Chan's memory - we will never forget him either.

    Those horses and carriages are just so impressive - we bet you are in high heaven.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  14. Purrs for you this weekend and sweet Yuu-Chan

  15. Yuu-Chan was a very special boycat. Even though we live on a completely different continent, we were also very saddened by his passing. I'm glad you have such an exciting weekend - the busy-ness will keep you in a good frame of mind.

  16. SUCH excitement! Mommy laughed about you riding in a vegetable cart.
    We will take a quiet minute today to remember dear Yuu-Chan, we also miss his sweet face.

  17. Purrs for Yuu-Chan and you. Enjoy your weekend.

  18. We love that photo of Yuu-chan. Hugs and purrs to you on this day. Good luck with the Convention!

  19. That's the sweetest picture of Yuu-Yuu, it really shows what a soulfull boy he was. We can not believe it's been one year already. We love you lots, Yuu-Yuu!


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