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Sunday, August 22, 2010 Sokolniki presented horses’ muzzles


In Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention the annual International horse exhibition Equiros came to an end. The economic crisis together with burning and heat over Moscow could not help but affect the quantitative composition of participants. Plenty of unoccupied stalls were left at the forum opening day in the show stables, located in the 3d pavilion (much less spacious than the previous pavilion number 4). But there is a silver lining anyway: there was more space given for a riding hall; and in a so-called static exhibition there was something to look at.

An artifact with runners

For example, the Capital Museum of Orel trotter and Russian troika presented some amazing carriages, where horses were harnessed to in the days of Tsar Gorokh., Leonid Shevchenko, founder of the museum restored the droshky (in old Russia a kind of light horse-drawn vehicle) himself by drawings, preserved in the Timiryazevskaya Agricultural Academy, which Graph Orlov had tested his first trotters in. (Later they were replaced by the sulky, and the droshky turned into a hunting wagon first, and then into the “guitar” – an urban carriage for a charioteer and two passengers.) – “These single-seater cross-country sleds we have found in one of the garages in the north of Moscow,” Inna Ivleva, museum director says. “The most amazing thing is that their owner could not say a thing about the origin of the artifact, only muttering incoherently that once, he said, he was riding on it. I think the sled appeared at the beginning of the last century. Next to it — a bigger sled, a rustic one, we spotted it in Kirov region (most likely, a merchant’s). The main difference between these two is a pair of wooden inclined side edges which are made to prevent over flow when riding in deep snow.

Orlik, the painter

Many of the live exhibits could be the museum ones even now. In fact, these cultural institutions are starting to appear in the vast Russian territory. One of the enthusiasts — Daria Chuzhaya, Petersburg artist, who moved for a permanent residence to Uglich with her husband 10 years ago, opened a museum of a workhorse in the Ivashkova village. Now there are 9 stars, and the biggest one is a two year old colt Orlik, who took the love of art from the owner. “Small foals, just like dogs, love to carry different sticks in their mouths.” Daria Chuzhaya says (it's actually her pseudonym, her real name is Diana). “One day we decided to give to Orlik a brush instead of a regular wooden stick, let’s say, to keep him busy. Not thinking too much, he pointed the brush onto a sheet attached to the easel standing next to it. Thus we decided Orlik should be a painter. Orlik has made four dozen artworks so far. The most valuable has sold for a thousand rubles. To be honest, his art is much more like inartistic painting rather than those smart apes” art. But they create it with hands and fingers,it is much easier!

Appaloosa — not spots only.

It was something to look at for those visitors who prefer traditional horse breeding: art clean lines, exterior beauty, grace and obedience at the arena rather than the postmodern. Elite horses “with last names”- representatives of purebred breeds which have double (sometimes even triple) names that particularly show a rich pedigree, as foreign breeders love to give them, were brought to Equiros. Sometimes they represented such breeds our men had never heard about. Thus, Anna Muratova, a private owner demonstrated to the public American appaloosa Jury Duty. It turns out that Appaloosa is perhaps the most amazing horse in the world. It was bred as an independent breed by the Indians from the northwest continent after their ancestors were brought to the New World by the Spanish colonizers. Essential in western competitions, successfully performing in any equestrian discipline, Appaloosa became known worldwide because they have funny spots on their croup. In the U.S., there is a well known proverb: “Appaloosa — not only spots”, which means in the broader context the following: “Never judge a book by its cover; the inner world is much wider than the facade impressions.” But it turns out to be that there are a lot of exotic breed on our continent too, which a resident of a modern metropolis rarely meets. Perhaps for the first time in the history of horse exhibitions Muscovites saw a Tuvinian horse —a dappled handsome horse Raphael, who came from Couloir private horse breeding. Being bred specifically for the midlands, these horses are incredibly hardy and are capable of getting their own food from through a meter of snow. It is really hard to believe that in the winter their owners build not usual stables for their wards, as we do, but only sheds with hay and oats and this is in the temperature of 40 degrees of frost!

STALLION Polonaise Oginsky. Age — 6 years. Breed — Trakehner. Known by – he has achieved great success in competition. The grandson of Pepl — Olympic Games-1972 champion in dressage, mount of Elena Petushkova. Licensed tribal producer. Owner — Kartsevo breeding farm (Istra districkt of Moscow region). Price — the owner does not sell out of principle.

STALLION KOHELAN Age — 22. Breed — Vladimir carthorse. Known by – he is used in a breeding farm, fathered 70 foals. This includes 12 mares entered in the mothering part of various equine farms, 5 stallions became licensed tribal producers. Owner — Vladimir state factory stable. Price — the owner does not sell out of principle.

STALLION ANTON BI Age — 10 years. Breed — Friesian. Known by – he performs in sport dressage. Two-time winner of the championship in his breed, supervised by Dutch breeders, who bred him initially, all over the world. Owner — Kartsevo breeding farm (Istra district of Moscow region). Price — 75 thousand euros.

MARE SHUGARS DOLLY Age — 4 years. Breed — American miniature horse. Known by — a representative of one of the most incredible breeds bred by man (under the terms of artificial selection the height of adult horse at the withers should not exceed 88 cm.) Set in a carriage, adapted to children's sports. She can live in a city apartment. Owner — O. Bogdanova (Moscow). Price — 7-10 thousands rubles.


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