Just by chance, I picked up a flyer for a local cinema to see that an “avant première” of Jean-François Pignon’s autobiographical film, “Gazelle” was being shown on Friday evening preceded by a personal appearance of the man himself and his horses in our home town!
He’s a big star in the French horse world and internationally known too, so the event seemed underpublicised and the crowd that gathered was surprisingly small. Monsieur Pignon and his small troupe of lovely mares (and foals) gave a beautiful, low-key demonstration of man and horse in harmony. So glad to have witnessed that so close! Shame about the circus-style outfit, for such a “natural” performer a clean t-shirt and jeans would have seemed more apt, but here are some pictures for your enjoyment ……
I wasn’t able to stay on for the film, but looking at the trailer on his website, www.jfpignon.com I look forward to seeing it soon.
I’ve been enjoying all the equestrian events at the Olympics. What a fabulous showcase of horses, horsemanship and talent. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, summer is a trying time for my boys. The “old boys”, Pie, and Aly especially, are very wheezy and on regular medication – I breathe a sigh of relief for them when there are fresh breezes and a drop of rain, a thundery dose of which we had today – and Pom has to be constantly covered as his sweet itch has gone into overdrive. I can just about manage it with a range of lotions and potions, covers and stratagems to avoid insects (hard when you are surrounded by woodland), but even so he has lost a chunk of mane and I’d love to find something which would act as a preventative – if anyone has any tips on supplements that work for their horses then I’d be glad to hear.
Hope you’re enjoying summer!