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BIG News on the Dressage Front

But not big in the way you expect, given the recent spate of FEI-related posts. And now for something completely different:

From Fran Jurga, a report that on Friday, July 16th, under the motto, the heavy brigade is on its way, 70 draft horses of various breeds (called “cart horses” in Europe), as well as carriages and working teams will compete in the First North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) Cart Horse Day at Aachen.

The dressage riders and show jumpers will need to keep a tight rein on their mounts when these fellows rumble by. The refined warmbloods will be face-to-face with their cold-blooded root-stock. And they’d better watch out that the big boys don’t steal their show, or at least inspire a children’s book or two.

My all-time favorite and most beloved mare is a Percheron. Millie taught me everything. Maira is half Percheron. Windsong’s Justa Firestorm is a Percheron stallion. His son, “Buster,” is Perch/TB. You get the drift. Their nobility and grace, and courage in stressful times cannot be matched. Millie and I tried dressage. It was an unparalleled disaster. Not only am I terrible at dressage, but Millie’s typical but beautiful draft conformation naturally made it difficult for her to rock back on her haunches and carry herself properly. It was a battle. Why torture her for no good reason? We decided to stick with what we do best–hunt for a couple of hours and go home, triumphant. Trail ride and enjoy it immensely.

Below I have posted a YouTube video of a Percheron training that really takes me back. I believe that what you see in this video is typically what you get when trying to get a draft horse to do dressage. Draft horses. Conformationally appropriate? No. Willing? Yes. Capable? Yes (????)

I hopehopehope that the beauties of Aachen wow them with more than just the rumbling of the earth! I’d give quite a lot to be there.

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Rupert Isaacson To Visit Virginia in The Fall of 2009

I wrote about Rupert Isaacson in my post Horses, Shamans and Autism in Mongolia just yesterday.

This evening, Fran Jurga of the Jurga Report: Horse Health Headlines and Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog contacted me to let me know that Rupert Isaacson will be visiting Virginia’s Horse Country in the autumn to talk about his book, The Horse Boy, which chronicles his life with his son, Rowan, who suffers from autism, and their trip to Mongolia to ride horses and receive healings from local Shamanic practitioners.

This is something I may have to return to Virginia to participate in!

In the meantime, Fran sent this video:

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Check back for more information on Horse Boy and Rupert Isaacson’s visit this fall.

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