Jackie opened the International Akhal-Teke Horse Association Conference & China Horse Culture Festival at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing tonight 4 April 2014. To coincide with the Year of the Horse, the theme for the conference is Peace, Heritage and Dream. Zhang Yimou is the ambassador for the International Akhal-Teke Horse Association, while Jackie is the ambassador for the Chinese Horse Festival. Jackie complemented the horses, saying that they were all very beautiful and he was given a special saddle with his logo on it at the event. in addition to many different events including a China Horse Culture Exhibition, the Beijing International Horse Show, various talks and demonstrations of the unique Turkmenistan riding styles, a mutual friendship and cooperation agreement was signed between China and Turkmenistan. The Dancing Horses of the Forbidden City made a debut appearance at the opening.
I still have my best child hood friend in Holland, and her kids are horse crazy too...today she send me the links of them competing in eventing indoors!!!!
Painted by Jennifer Bell (from photos by Amrita Ibold!) for the exhibition 'The Golden Horses of Turkmenistan', Newmarket, UK from 30th April 2014.
Yes, I have been worried, not too long ago we had snow, and here we are going to a derby and clinic...I stopped by the local hardware store and bought foot and hand warmers to stuff our sleeping bags while sleeping in the horse trailer.
Instead we got a warm sunny day on Friday, the day we traveled to the event, not too cold at all at night, but on Saturday it rained...a lot...
Jaquelin is riding Kegas this year, she is 13 and she has gone to one schooling show with the barn she used to ride at in 2013.
She did a great job riding him.
I rode Paktaly at Training level, and he was such a trooper dealing with the soggy footing, me not being in "competition" mode, he jumped well. The clinic the following day was invaluable, Jonathan is a great teacher, I can't wait to come back in April.
Just 2 days ago we were happily riding in the arena, taking off our jackets because it was so nice out...today my toes are frozen...
Going through pictures found this cute little video...Kegas getting ready for a photo shoot...
Our special shipment has arrived from Great Brittain! Just in time for the breeding season...Kambarbay's semen in now in storage at Zoetis.
We hope to have a bunch of beautiful foals next year!!!
Today we got the official invitation from the Turkmen Attlary...anyone wishing to go, you can contact us for help.