A Walk Among Gentle Giants

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Imagine feeling the ground slightly shake just under your feet and knowing it’s not an earth quake.  Then imagine feeling a breeze lift the ends of your hair with the sound of faraway thunder as you watch giant horses go by pulling a large wagon with such ease and grace.  Well, that’s what you’ll see and feel if you ever find yourself at the Nevada County Draft Horse Classic.

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This weekend I experienced a fun, family place to go with an opportunity to photograph some of these gentle giants with all their cool gear!  Because I’ve started collecting reference images for future paintings I was very much interested in getting some of these gorgeous creatures!  A friend of mine told me about this event last year and because this year I was there helping with the AAE  booth I decided to walk around and participate in the event after my shift.

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There were lots of vendors offering all sorts of goodies for sale ranging from leather purses, beautiful jewelry, art, food, and a long list of things for the kids.  And because the occurrence of the Draft Horse Classic is combined with their Harvest Fair I found hanging around lots of scarecrows, pumpkins, decorated wagon wheels, beautiful flowers and arrangements, puppets, arts and crafts and a whole lot more!

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But of course the part that I enjoyed the most was simply seeing the draft horses!

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I found it to be quite entertaining watching them get cleaned up and groomed.   Check out the blow dryer.

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And despite the size of these creatures, it was quite evident (at least to me) by the energy level I felt walking through the barn areas and stalls that they really are gentle.  I wasn’t able to go down a single aisle of stalls without seeing at least one them either receiving or soliciting a scratch behind the ears.

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I left feeling happy and pleased that my weekend ended with my head filled with images like these.