Friday, March 13, 2009

Florida-Day 4. The Little Everglades Steeple Chase


On Sunday we were treated to a day at the Little Everglades Ranch Steeple Chase. This is a charity event that is held on a 2000 acre ranch in Florida's horse country every year . There were Irish and English jockeys, Jack Russell terrier races and craft exhibits. Lot of the ladies were dressed in their southern finery including huge hats like at the Kentucky Derby. Our host had a party tent right on the back stretch of the track. It was a beautiful sunny day as I proved by getting a sunburn despite SPF 55 lotion. I'm from Wisconsin, Y'all! I'm lucky I didn't burst into flames! Here is the tent. A lot of them were decorated with themes for judging. Guess what our theme was?
I, of course, scouted out the animal ops. Here I am with a 15 week only tiger:
We rubbed her tummy and feet until she fell asleep. I can honestly say that I've had a tiger by the tail now!
Here is my new bestest buddy. She is a two year old albino wallaby. She ran right over to me and gave me kisses and snuggles. I suspect her 'kisses' licked off the SPF 55, hence the sunburn, but it was totally worth it!

And here is the skinniest horse I've ever seen! I know it's not a 'real' animal, but it was a beautiful sculpture so I got my picture taken with it.

I watched the Jack Russell terrier races for quite a while although it was impossible to take a photo. Those little guys are QUICK! So I'll leave you with this one of a little racer after the race:
Don't you think Ben would look great in this handy little carrier? Now I only need 15-20 of you to volunteer to help me lift him in it!

Tomorrow: Sunset at the Beach

6 comments:

dale-harriet said...

Oh, my DEAR! I'm having SUCH a good time virtually sharing "our" vacation -- you're such a treat. I'd feel dreadfully jealous....but I'm going to hear the Yarn Harlot tomorrow and it's supposed to be a sunny day in the "lower 50s" (it's not Florida but it's ABOVE ZERO). Also they're having a "20-vendor shop". I feel the urge to boost the economy by spending.......OH! My verification word is "IREST", how cool is that? :o)

Kitty Mommy said...

Awwws all around for the tiger and wallaby! I bet the Jack Russell races were a hoot, but not as hilarious as wiener dog races!

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I've got to have one of those little doggie carriers! Then all I'll need is a doggie. I'm sure it's a great pleasure to be slung on a shoulder and crash into all doorways along with the laptop and purse. My word is "dogio."

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Alternative comment on the doggie holder: My, that's an unusual purse.

Cindy G said...

What fun!
Now I feel the urge to knit a cat sling.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

I love the terrier pocketbook! So very cool you got the tiger by its tail and kisses from a wallaby. Are ya comin' home with a fancy derby hat?