Arriving late afternoon, I came just on time to see mares and foal presentation, stallions presentation, champion of the day and the final parade. Most horses were presented in traditional braids and bows. I liked the colour choices of the bows, I think owners really did their best to find a colour combination that suits the shade of their horse's fur. Also, they put a lot of effort into making the feathers on the horse's legs completely white.
Despite the fact that it was a new place for all of these Shires, with a lot of visitors and horses unknown to them, most of them confirmed an opinion about The Shire being "gentle giants" and were very calm. Some others, however, seemed somewhat excited but luckily everything was going fine and safely for people and animals.
About 5pm the final parade of all of the horses together began. The big black mare was chosen the best Shire horse bred in The Netherlands. This mare won a lot of titles that day too. She has a striking concave profile, lovely neck and beautiful confirmation, typical for a Shire horse. You can see her among the horses in the video and on the first picture below.
Some horses were also presented under saddle. Riders were wearing interesting historical costumes or traditional English costumes.
It was fantastic to see these animals from so close and the show was very interesting. I surely hope to see Shires again in future :)
Thank you for looking here!
Last weekend I had a chance to visit lovely Oostvaardersplassen. It is a Nature Reserve Park in The Netherlands in province Flevoland. The park is inhabited by many interesting animals, amazing diversity of bird species, for example white tailed sea eagles and European Spoonbills, and also number of big mammals including a herd of Konik horses. They live here in semi wild conditions. They are not afraid of humans so it's relatively easy to come quite close to them and photograph. As I learned later - this herd of Koniks is one of the first introduced to the nature parks outside Poland.
They behaved very naturally and they seemed to ignore humans almost completely. It was really inspiring for me, I love observing natural behaviour of horses for example mutual grooming or playful "fights". I was also amazed by the diversity of shades within the grullo colour. Konik horses cannot be bay dun - bay gene do not occur in the breed, so even the ones that appear more "beige" in shade must be actually sun bleached grullos.
For me it was really heart warming to see familiar Konik horses. The breed originally comes from Poland, they were bred to resemble real Tarpans. In Poland koniks are sometimes used as working horses especially as riding ponies for kids or light adults. I knew more than few working koniks and they are really hard to forget - each one had amazing personality, they are so smart and extravert it's almost possible to hear them talking or laughing at you! ;D
Ijmuiden is just about 1 hour drive from the place I live. So I decided to go and see this event with one of my friends, and my son and my husband. We surely did not regret!
We arrived about 5PM on Ijmuiden beach. The competition was supposed to start about 6PM but we had to wait longer because the competitors needed certain part of the beach to be under water, they waited for the surge. So we walked around and looked at fantastic Tinker horses. I was more then happy! They were really gorgeous: long manes, beautiful eyes, friendly faces - truly amazing creatures. We couldn't wait to see these horses in action. Finally around 7pm the sea level was high enough and the competition started. It was almost sunset so the lighting and the sky was also very beautiful. I think the photos and a short video will tell you more! :)
About this blog :
This blog is about my collection of miniature animal models (toys and not only) and about my artworks (mainly small scale animalistic sculptures). Some posts will also be about real animals, equestrian sport and more.
Other blogs I read: