Every Horse’s Friend: DebHarperHorses.com

Every Horse’s Friend:  DebHarperHorses.com

Deb and I became friends through the circuitous means of the internet.  I needed a picture of a Canadien stallion (go to Ground Manners. A Novel  to see the stallion featured on the cover).  I first found Deb’s picture of the magnificent stallion, Swallowfield Eno Kelbeck, owned by Roxanne and Marty (see previous blog on My Gentle Reader), now standing at stud for canadream in Quebec.   Unfortunately, Kal was being featured on the cover of another book on the history of le Canadien.  I must admit that the way Deb took Kal’s picture–mane blazing and full frontal–made me fall in love; and I have since met Kal in person and I can vouch for his beauty, his pure expressiveness, his perfect conformation. Roxanne  described the wisdom in his eyes, and it is truly there, for all to see.  Roxanne referred me to Deb (bless you, Rox!).  Immediately, Deb sent me several others of her pix, and, among them, I came across Bromont Loupin Prince, owned by Betty and Judi of Five Winds Farm in BC.  It wasn’t the quality of the picture in this case; it wasn’t the background…it was him, his intelligence, his maturity, his gorgeously indented (concave or is it convex?) cheeks and wisdom-filled eyes.  I was floored.  I had to have him; GM had to feature him on the book cover.  Deb visited Prince recently, and told me that he is as active as ever.  He’s 25 or 26 now…mature for a stallion, I guess.  I met many of his “get”, his progeny, at the CHHAPS show in Maple Ridge, but I never did get to meet the man himself, Prince, who is well-named, I’ve no doubt.  Here are some pictures Deb took on her recent visit; none are of Prince but they are stunning reminders of how nature and horses belong to each other.  I’m sure Betty and Judi won’t mind.  I will be in BC next year…and God willing, Prince and I will meet…and I will thank this glorious creature for sharing this great, good earth with me, and everyone around him, just as I whispered to Kelbeck when I met him earlier this year.  The breathtaking intelligence and beauty of horses always makes me think of the line in “The Colour Purple”:  when you just walk by one of God’s perfect creations and not take notice of it, God must be insulted.  I’ll say this for myself:  I have never been in the presence of any equine and not bowed my head in respect, and not looked on in awe.

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The Blondes

Deb Harper, extraordinary Natural Horsemanship trainer, sent me these heartwarming photos of Sean and JoJo, the sibling palominos, taken on the very day their owner came to pick them up.  Those of you who read my posts on Wittgenstein and the CHHAPS show in Maple Ridge, BC, will remember how Sean and I connected; how his expressive face spoke to me; how much I learned about listening, asking and patience.  If I can manage WordPress correctly, you should be able to see the blondes with Deb.  Visit Deb’s site at:  http://www.debharperhorses.com   Tell her Sean sent you….she’ll know it was me.

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My Gentle Reader: Smart Readers, Part Three

My Gentle Reader: Smart Readers, Part Three

Note:  Do not read this until you’ve read the ending to Ground Manners. A Novel !

Another Note:  When the novel, as a literary genre, first gained ground in the mid-17oo’s (Fanny Burney, etc), the author often interpellated the reader (i.e., spoke directly to the reader in the novel) and referred to him as “gentle reader” hence the title of this blog.  “Gentle” at that time implied “someone of good or high breeding”.  The “novel” was very much a new way of writing at that time whence the word “novel” meaning “new” in French. It’s not that I don’t think you already know all this…it’s just that I’ve forgotten most of what most Arts students have yet to learn, and I wanted to test what’s left of my own knowledge.

To read how the conversation you’re about to read came about, go to my previous blog post, Readers Smarter Than I Am.  When a reader with a wide-ranging intelligence like Roxanne’s takes the time to comment and ask questions, you can bet that it’s a treat for the writer. More, it enlarges and refreshes my own view of the work which, after having lived with the story and the characters for three years, can become trite and stale, though the actual writing of it was indeed full of passion and fury and all those other emoticons.  

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Happy Feet Airborne to BC

I leave tomorrow for Maple Ridge, BC, to attend the Pacific Canadian Horse Show.  CHHAPS (the Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society) is the Show sponsor, and I may get to meet Bromont Loupin Prince, the splendiferous stallion featured on the cover of Ground Manners.  Even if I don’t, I will be breathing the same air as he does, and Betty Baxter, co-owner of Five Winds Farm and Vice-Chair of CHHAPS has assured me that I will meet his progeny.  Deb Harper, NH trainer and official photog of the event, will meet me on Friday and spirit me away to her place where I will meet her miniatures, Lyric (a Trakehner) and assorted precious cats and dogs.  Deb asked if I wanted to do any ground work with the horses–ground work!–all ground work is to me is, ‘how close can I get to your silky face and will you let me kiss it a la Pepe Le Pew’!  Could anyone be any more fortunate than I am at this moment in time?!!  To boot, I will be meeting with a cousin of mine, Carole and her husband, Danny, whom I haven’t seen in nearly twelve years. I won’t be bringing my computer, but I will report back here with photos upon my return…a return, I’ve no doubt, which will be one of ebullience (to misquote Freud)!  British Columbia, here I come!

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