About Stallions & Women

An ancient Arab saying puts it this way:  “I’d rather face an angry lion than an angry stallion.”  Tornado III was our stallion.  He was taller even than Doc, our 17.5 HH palomino, and, um, broader.  We could ride Toe but, once astride, you had to stay on through his first 15 minutes of bucking and rearing; after that short display, he was a good ride, never gave trouble after that first little bit of show (and, given his size, it was an impressive show).  Lots of chuckling and head-shaking went on (on our parts, not his).  So much for what we knew then, now some forty years ago. Deb Harper has helped me understand, by example and by action, what Toe was trying to tell us all those many years ago:  “I will tell YOU when I am READY to be ridden…and you will not be comfortable on my back until I give the say-so.”  Respect…that’s what we lacked, simple respect.  

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from Sito Italian Horse Protection Society

As a second-generation Canadian of Italian descent, I offer you the following:  La Commissione Europea fallisce nel proteggere gli animali trasportati verso il mattatoi.

The abhorrence towards the slaughter of horses is worldwide…don’t doubt that for one minute.  From www.horseprotection.it

Relazione della Comunità Europea sul trasporto degli animali: la Commissione Europea fallisce nel proteggere gli animali trasportati verso i mattatoi in Europa.
86 organizzazioni non governative europee chiedono la soppressione dei trasporti sulla lunga distanza.
Quasi 900.000 cittadini europei e più di 70 Parlamentari Europei aderiscono alla campagna ‘8hours’.

– Rilasciato oggi un nuovo video sul trasporto su lunga distanza-
Oggi il Comitato Direttivo Generale per la Salute e i Consumatori (DG SANCO) della Commissione Europea ha reso nota la sua relazione sull’impatto della Disposizione 1/2005 sulla protezione degli animali trasportati e sui flussi commerciali di animali vivi nella Comunità allargata.Clicca qui per visionare la relazione.
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Hickstead: Canada’s Hero

Hickstead:  Canada’s Hero

I haven’t been able to write about it.  I was so lost without him, with knowing that he’d departed this world.  You’ve all probably heard that Hickstead, the horse that brought Gold to Canada in the last Olympics, two days ago, at the age of nearly sixteen, dropped dead after a flawless jumping event in Verona, Italy, a major competition.  If you haven’t heard of Hickstead, whose prime rider was Eric Lamaze, I don’t know where to begin…both in how to describe the intelligence and heart of this horse and in how to describe the intrinsic–let me say that again–the intrinsic value of this glorious creature.  There is a post somewhere on my blog about an interview with Hickstead’s owner who said:  “he was a stumblebum at first…and then, he seemed to get it.  He really got it…so I said to Eric, ‘don’t do anything.  He knows what to do.  Leave it to Hicks, sit back and just enjoy the ride.'”  And truly, after watching many shows in which Hicks excelled, I must say that that is exactly how it looked to me:  Hickstead seemed to analyse each jump, and decide how he was going to take it…and he did…he just did.  Every single time.  In an interview after his death, someone commented:  “Hickstead was not only the top event horse of Canada…he was considered the top event horse ever in history…ever.”  Bless you beautiful boy, we love you and wish you godspeed to the heavens…where you belong.  You made the world a better place and the world is a better place because of you.  Go to:  A Big Ask Answered  on my blog or google Hickstead.  Enlarge your appreciation and love of our horses by learning about Hickstead, “Canada’s Hero”.  Oh, Eric, I do feel for your loss.  Please share it with all of us who were amazed and breathless at the magnificence of a horse whose qualities transcended your riding skills and our expectations.  Rest well, Hicks.

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About the Pix

My webmaster is virtually the smartest person on the planet…but he’s also very busy, so I’m not sure how to release the “copyright” condition on the postcard (back and front) I presented in a prior post as a way for you to reach your MP (although you can always order the printed cards from me directly at cynthia@cynthiaderrico.com at no charge, or download them from the CHDC blog).  On this same subject, I want to clarify that I have copied pix from various animal/horse advocacy sites which belong to them, not me.  In all cases, I’ve identified the copyright owners of those pictures (with the exception of Deb’s pix…cuz she’s just so good to me).  If anyone or any organisation out there has a problem with this, let me know.

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Good News about Ground Manners. A Novel

Good News about Ground Manners. A Novel

Every now and then, I have a brainstorm…as opposed to my usual state, “bubblebrain”.  I came across Carol Upton’s site almost by chance, circuitously anyway, as most “stumbles-upon” occur on the internet.  When I read her site, I just knew that this was the person I’d been desperately wishing into existence to help me market GM and its message to the public.  Now don’t get me wrong:  I have marketing experience; I’m a pretty smart cookie, neurons only just lately starting to crumble, so I thought I’d done a pretty fair job so far.  But now, Carol…well, Carol, like one of those gentle forces of nature–like a sudden wind that knocks you off your feet, or a downpour that wets you through and through before you’ve even processed that it’s raining–just shimmers into your circle like Gwenda in The Wizard of OZ, and carefully assesses your needs, dialogues with you (as a person and as a writer), and then produces results far beyond your expectations, and makes it appear so simple and easy, that you are left quite speechless (which, as you know, is a rare state for me).  (I bet she has a magic wand on her person somewhere; it must be another ‘practical magic’ thing, eh.)   So, before I go on to list and link to the important horse websites which Carol somehow persuaded to carry her excellent Press Review of GM, let me just say ‘thanks, Carol.  I am most beholden to you.’  And one of the most heartwarming results of Carol’s work on Ground Manners’ behalf is that Yvonne Allen, who owns Voice for the Horse in Langley, BC, has asked me to provide, as a prize, a copy of my novel for their First Annual International Writing Competition.  Now, I ask you:  does lightning strike twice?  

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Easy-peasey Way to Reach Your MP

As an adjunct to the CHDC petition in support of Bill C-322, I’ve had bilingual postcards printed up which constituents can send to their respective MP’s to let them know that support for this Bill is out there.  Download the two sides of this postcard and send a postcard to your own MP (federal); then make more to give to your friends, neighbours, acquaintances, and family.  MP’s pay attention to their own constituents in their own ridings, so the more of these postcards that are sent, the more our MP’s in all ridings across Canada will understand how much support for Bill C-322 (which opposes horse slaughter) is out there.

I can also send you ready-made postcards (between 10 and 25 for now).  Just send me your postal address.  There’s no charge (I’ll pay shipping too if you live in Canada).  If I see that demand is more than expected, I’ll have more printed.  Americans and international horse advocates are also invited to send these postcards.  We need all the help we can get in getting Bill C-322 passed…and if that fails, ANY bill opposing horse slaughter, the import of horses for slaughter and the exportation of (tainted) horsemeat to foreign countries.  Selling tainted meat to foreign countries is not part of Canada’s, nor Quebec’s, culture.  Now…let’s get on with it and save our horses.  If you have a problem accessing or downloading these images, email me at cynthia@cynthiaderrico.com .

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