We did not get anywhere near the crowd we’d hoped for. That was too bad, but what a party! I thought it was great! I think everybody who was there enjoyed themselves immensely.
Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) made good their promise to perform for our riders (and guests). Their uniforms are so regal. Their horses are so well cared for and so well trained. The show is very professional. Much to my surprise, they rode up to me and asked my permission to start the show! I felt like the Queen of England! “Permission granted.”
When they get moving and weaving back and forth and between each other to the music, it looks very much like a collision just waiting to happen, especially when you’re as close to them as we were, but they miss each other by at least 6″. *grin*
After the musical ride they did a demonstration of “tent pegging”. Wow! (Tent pegging has nothing to do with tents and very little to do with pegs! It comes from India. Who knew Indian riders were insane?) I thought I read that tent pegging is an Olympic sport, but no. It is an International Federation for Equestrian Sports official sport, and guess what! From the results of the 2008 International Tent Pegging Championships, the world’s three leading national teams are currently Canada, India, and Oman. (I’m guessing a number of Lord Strathcona’s Horse belong to the Canadian team.) In any event, tent pegging is scary stuff … especially if you’re one of the guys who has the lance (rather than the sword). They ride hell-bent-for-election across the field, leaning off the side of their horses half way across and spearing a solid piece of plywood measuring about 4″ x 8″ x 1″ thick. You’d have to hit that plywood hard to make it stick … and imagine what would happen if you managed to send your 12′ lance into the dirt instead! Apparently they have one of their riders out now with a broken collarbone from an accident involving just that!
At the end of the demonstration, again they came by me and saluted me on their way out! Could have knocked me over with a feather.