The Hatfield House Country Show

How could it have happened that horses have not yet made an appearance in this blog? High time, then. It was the horses that I went to see at the Hatfield House Country Show, after all.

I have never seen heavy horses doing obstacle courses and their skill and the skill of the people driving the carriages (a distinct lack of necessary vocabulary noted here) was just astonishing. Below are two photos of a pair of grey percherons, apparently the most common breed of heavy horses in Britain, and then two photos of a much rarer breed whose name I did not catch.

The Hatfield House Country Show  The Hatfield House Country Show
The Hatfield House Country Show  The Hatfield House Country Show

The rare sheep breeds were pretty amazing too. I do not remember the names of the breeds, save that one might have been a Shettland sheep. One sheep was certainly almost the size of a Shettland pony!
The Hatfield House Country Show  The Hatfield House Country Show

There was also a carousel going on at such a speed that I half expected people start flying off… Some dogs were shown, too, and terrier racing, polo horses and longbow archery, wool spinning and weaving (no tablet weaving, though, but I finally learned what an inkle loom is) plus homemade jams, marmalades, flowers and similar things one would expect at such an event. I wonder, though, what the RSPCA would make of the “dancing sheep” show.
Carousel at the Hatfield house Country Show  The Hatfield House Country Show

I much preferred to go back to the heavy horses.
The Hatfield House Country Show  The Hatfield House Country Show

As usual, there are many more photos in this photo set on my Flickr page.

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~ by veronikab on 16 August, 2008.

One Response to “The Hatfield House Country Show”

  1. […] of us without Flash on their computers. Note also the jar of lemon and lime jam, it is from the Hatfield House Country Show. (Are you hungry […]

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