Week 36 – #12 – Hair It Is

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 In Myakka City, FL there are some of the most beautiful horses.  The Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions have their home here.  During the off season, they rest and train here in the warmth of Florida.   Starting in May they will begin their touring of the United States and Canada doing shows. I joined with the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club on their excursion to visit.

Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans are the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. The pride of the Hapsburg Empire, the Lipizzan breed was first established by Archduke Charles at Lipizza (now part of Yugoslavia).  The bred was rescued by Colonel Herrmann and his father, Colonel Ottomar Herrmann, Sr., smuggled the horses out from far behind enemy lines with the help of George Patton in World War II saving the breed.

I remember hearing about these horses when I grew up, though I do not remember seeing them except on TV.

Check them out – http://www.hlipizzans.com/index.htm

Now looking at the beautiful horse above you see the mane  which I am using for the Hair theme – and here is why……

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I rest my case – for Hair it is!   Schönsten!

Week 18 – #3 An Expression of Love

3 An Expression of Love 3 An Expression of Love-2 3 An Expression of Love-3The Manatee Horse Show has a number of talented young horse people.  Yes, I called them young, and they are not all kids.  They show expressions of love towards their horses and I could fill a year with all of those photos.  The shows are held the first Sunday of the month at the Manatee Equestrian Center on Lena Rd.  Here are just three from this year’s shows.  It is so refreshing to see these young people taking the time to get know their horses and how to work with them with care and love.  The lessons learned in dedication to this sport, the empathy towards their animals and each other, carries over into the rest of their lives.