Thursday, November 18, 2010
A few weeks back, I was looking for something fun and relaxing to do after a stressful week. I heard that the Iowa State Fairgrounds was hosting the World Percheron Congress. I've been fascinated with draft horses ever since I met a couple of Clydesdale owners from north Iowa a couple years ago. They told me how much time, money and work goes into raising giant draft horses. Now I have a newfound respect for these amazing animals and their dedicated owners.
Percherons are such graceful giants. And so stylish in black :)
Love the little details of getting a horse ready for show. It's like they are dressing for prom.
The wagons are also kept in prestine condition for the show ring. Great to see a pink ribbon on the back of this ride.
Young contestants were preparing for the junior exhibit when I arrived.
The event took place in the beautiful new Jacobsen Exhibit Hall at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The hall was built specifically to bring world-class horse shows to central Iowa.
I stood outside on the sidewalk to watch the blue-ribbon winners take their victory lap.