Summer

I just had to share this photo. Look at the lovely front end on this horse. You wouldn’t think the fence was grand prix height, would you?

Besides a lovely horse and accomplished rider, I also look at this photo and see summer.  Summers spent by the grand prix ring. The heat and sometimes intense humidity. The relief of a welcome ever-so-slightly cooling breeze. The sounds of a busy show grounds. The smell of sunscreen and fly spray mixed with food from the grill and the famous Palgrave stir fry. The oohs and aahs from family, friends and fans as horse after horse tackle the challenge course.

Summer = horse shows.

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Return to Balmoral

 After a successful visit to the Balmoral Horse Show in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2010, I returned to cover the show again in 2011.  it was just as wonderful an experience as the previous year.

I also treated myself to a beautiful pair of Dubarry boots at the show.  I wear those boots a lot, including all through the Canadian winters, and they look as good as they day I purchased them.  Dubarry products are a investment but they stand up to their claims.

(Photo above: Edward Doyle and Dilligaf, Balmoral Show, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2011)

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(Photo above: Lauren Hunkin and Larry, Caledon Equestrian Park, Canada, c2010)

The Look

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Asta Torokvei competing at Halton Place in September 2010. I have always loved the expression on both horse and rider’s faces in this shot. Focused but calm and relaxed. Ideal.

Northern Ireland

 In 2010 I made my 13th trip to Northern Ireland. My father was born there and, as such, it was obviously our favourite location for holidays from childhood onward.  My “home away from home”.  The difference in 2010 was I mixed pleasure with business, working the Balmoral Horse Show.

We lucked out with the weather (both in 2010 and when I returned to cover the show again in 2011 for Show Jumping International). What a terrific show and grounds.  It has since relocated to a larger venue but I really enjoyed its old location.

From draft horse classes to working hunters, jumpers to cattle, I enjoyed it all from start to end and hope to visit again, for business or for pleasure.