It's a blustery cold day here in Maine. The sun is shining but the temps are fairly low and with that wind blowing it warrants a nice heavy coat and some gloves. The dusting of snow that we got on Thursday night is long gone and there is none forecasted for the near future.
Thursday evening four of us from the stable went to see the Royal Lipizzaner's at a nearby auditorium. I had been to this show about 20 years ago and came away less then enthusiastic so wasn't sure what we were about to see. It proved me wrong as it was a wonderful show, the horses all looked fabulous, well groomed, nice and healthy looking and they knew their stuff. My pictures are a bit blurry as we were about 10 rows up and I had my little camera not the one with the big lens. I didn't know if we would be allowed to take pictures so I didn't want to drag that one around.
They did all of the dressage patterns, steps and leaps into the air. It was amazing! About half way through the show they brought out this spectacular stallion with gorgeous markings. The crowd went wild! He was gorgeous! That mane was gray and wavy and thick! I actually got goosebumps!
This was the head rider showing off some beautiful steps. I wish I knew the names of them all but I don't.
This horse was brought out to demonstrate some training techniques.
When this horse was brought out with the American flag the emcee sang the national anthem and we all stood for that and then stood for a moment of silence for the tragedy that took place at Fort Hood. It was very moving to say the least. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these people that lost loved ones and had so many others injured. What was going through that man's head to do something like that to so many innocent people?!