“Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.” . . . Josephine Demott
I rode down to the Burroughs Lot Thursday afternoon to check out what was happening at the Festival of the Horse on its first offical day. I’m not volunteering until Friday morning, but I knew there were pony rides scheduled Thursday, and children and horses together would have to equal cute photos. I arrived to find Burroughs buzzing (I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned the Burroughs Lot in this blog, but that is the offical name of the space between the school playground and the Grand Hotel tennis courts). Only two rounds of pony rides were planned for the day, but the demand was so great a third round had been added. For $5, a child got to put on a safety helmet, get booted up into the saddle, and led around the large showring (twice) by a knowledgable horse person. I don’t know when I have seen so many delighted little girls and boys – and the moms and dads were pretty much beaming also!
It’s very seldom that I will post photographs without captions, but the rest of the photos just don’t need words. What they show are very happy children getting the thrill of a lifetime. For some, this will be the beginning of a life-long love of horses, and for the rest it was just ten minutes of pure fun.
With two more packed days to go in the Festival, there will be plenty to talk about and show you on Monday. I will probably post a photo or two on Saturday and Sunday morning, but I’ll save tons of great stuff for Monday’s post. Have a great weekend – and God bless.