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Draft Horse Show at The Big E

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DraftHorseShow call
This is your gate call. 

Come along with me to the first day of the 2015 Draft Horse Show at The Big E, the state fair for all the New England states. The fair is held for three weeks in early autumn in the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA.

I rode in with my friend author Kathryn Orzech, who was selling and signing her suspense novels at the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association booth in the Connecticut Building. She had a four hour shift, so I took off to the Coliseum for the first afternoon session of the Draft Horse Show.

Percherons pulling carts
Two Percherons pulling carts head for the show ring.

For photographers, the Coliseum at the Big E presents lighting challenges. On sunny days, skylights send shafts of light (and “hot spots”) into the arena, but not on Thursday when it was overcast and made the light a bit muddy. I won’t use a flash to avoid startling the horses and exhibitors, let alone interfere with the pro photographer working in center ring.

Clydedale horse cart
Feathers fly when The Clydes enter

When the two-horse hitches entered, thunder echoed in the tunnel to the arena.

Open all breeds cart class
A rare all-breeds Open Cart class.




















Buzz about Budweiser Clydesdales Super Bowl commercial

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Editor’s note, added after the Super Bowl: her name is Hope.

Courtesy the Budweiser Facebook page (thanks, guys!)
Courtesy the Budweiser Facebook page (thanks, guys!)

Beer drinkers and teetotalers love the Clydesdales. Horse people are piaffing in the streets or doing reining slides, and non-horse people want in on the fun. So, the news of an opportunity to suggest names to Budweiser for its new Clydesdale foal has gone viral.

Angus and Clydesdales and Shires – Oh My!

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Angus and Merida from BRAVE
Our old post about Angus brought us a great history lesson I had to share. Photo courtesy of Disney

We’re going for a ride in the Way Back Machine. In this case, we’ll go back to early 2012. Not very far. Just a little jaunt because a blog commenter gave me a great history lesson on an old post. I enjoyed reading the series of comments, and I think you’d like them, too. Most people don’t read blog comments, but I don’t want you to miss this.