Then, on Saturday, we went to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto ("we" being me, the boy, and my parents). It was a lot of fun. We spent the day walking around, looking at the various vendors' wares, watching demonstrations of horses, visiting the stables (we watched some of the horses getting "dressed" for the six-horse hitch competition), and looking at all the animals and plants (I should have taken pictures of the giant pumpkins... they were huge and somewhat disturbing. People had carved their names in them.).
Then we had tickets for the Horse Show in the evening. The batteries in my camera died at that point, so I don't have any pictures for you, but it was really great. The best part was the International Jumping Competition that finished up the evening -- the Big Ben challenge.
I love watching show jumping. It's the only sport I really "get" on a visceral level. Yes, I am a horse-geek. Getting to watch Ian Millar compete in person was just a wonderful, wonderful experience. He and Promise Me didn't make it to the jump-off because they were .02 seconds over the time allowed. It was a little heartbreaking.
I could babble on, but I'm trying to restrain myself. I had a wonderful time. I was like a little kid. Poor fairplaythings was pretty bored most of the day, I think... but I suspect he got into the competition at the end a little bit. ;) I was not bored at all -- but then, wandering around in stables is kind of my idea of a good time.
I want to go back next year. I really do.