While I was at BreyerFest, I took in two separate showings of the Kentucky Horse Park's Parade of Breeds, both of which were heavily focused on draft horses.
I'm not a big draft horse fan, but I still enjoyed both shows. This was the first time I'd ever seen an American Cream...love those eyes!...
or a Suffolk Punch.
This mare was as broad as she was tall.
She was ridden bareback with a driving bridle. I'm sure this was because there are no saddles that fit her unique physique!
The Clydesdale was also exhibited bareback.I don't usually think draft horses are cute, but this one was. Look at that face. So cheeky!
The Belgian was exhibited in hand.
He was a really tall boy and new to the Parade of Breeds.He did great.
I'm always on the lookout for new performance ideas and tack reference pictures, so I sat up and took notice when this Percheron trotted into the ring.He wore the kind of medieval costume that is not authentic but popular at exhibitions and festivals.
I have a galloping draft that I like to show in performance.
I've always wanted to make him a costume like this, but his big mane is a significant obstacle.The Shire also wore a fun costume...
but again, it included a full neck piece.
There's no way to fit that over a big, flowing mane.
But then...I saw the Shire's second costume.
This one is perfect for Liam. Woo hoo!