I saw a photograph the other day and thought they looked superb. My daughter had finished school for the summer holiday at lunchtime today, and the picnic we had gone to came to a hasty halt after a torrential rain shower. I had two of her friends for a play date and so thought that rather then heading straight home we would drive to the park to see the rings.
Fortunately the sun began to shine again, and when we found the rings I was delighted to see that two of the Shire Horses were out trimming the grass.
I parked the car, checked the sky and we walked up to the rings. We paused to look at the horses and the gentlemen who are working with them very kindly stopped and allowed the girls a chance to pet the horses.
It was lovely to see these little people patting those huge, gentle, majestic creatures, and I was so impressed with their tolerance and placidness. They are amazingly beautiful and strong beasts, and I for one now have two new loves in my life, these horses are wonderful.
Once again please accept my apologies for less then perfect photographs, I did have three 6 year olds, and had to keep an eye on them, I didn't want them getting under the feet of these handsome chaps! And the light was tricky, so the fact that I managed to get any photographs taken at all is amazing.
|Aren't they handsome?|
Their blinkers have a Royal Parks emblem
so these really are Royal Shire Horses
|Despite their huge size, they were the gentlest of creatures|
when I compare them to the ponies that my
|Just to give an idea of their vast size|
|Watching them working in the distance|
|Calmly mowing the grass|
|The rings are wide, the girls had a lovely time|
running around them
|You can see them stretching out into the distance|
|The curves are perfect and edges so neat|
|A perfect afternoon|
|All four of us were delighted to have met these fantastic|
Here's a link to an article in the local paper, which will give you more background to the rings, as well as an ariel photograph, and if you're coming from abroad for the sports do remember to get a window seat!