A winter’s sleigh ride

Amidst a light coating of snow and a bright and sunny day, I went to the 36th annual sleigh & cutter festival that was put on by the St. Croix Horse & Carriage Society.  Because of our lack of significant snow this year I wasn’t sure if the event was going to take place.  But this year’s smaller snowfall was much easier on the horses and ponies than last year’s two to three feet of snow that they tried valiantly to move through.  With the somewhat “mild” temperature of 20 degrees and sunshine, the horses seemed to enjoy the outing, moving easily across the open spaces and kicking up a light dusting of snow.  The drivers were dressed in period costumes and the horses and ponies were adorned with bells that rang and echoed across the course.   If you were to block out the sound of the cars traveling on the boulevard nearby it would have been easy to think that the year was 1900 when this was the mode of transportation for winter days.

6 thoughts on “A winter’s sleigh ride

  1. Holly Kuchera January 29, 2012 / 7:31 pm

    It was a great day for photographing sleighs and cutters, wasn’t it! I’m guessing you had as great a time as we did and it as good to see you. Excellent shot and I’m looking forward to seeing more…

    • lindastaatsphoto January 29, 2012 / 7:53 pm

      Hi Holly — yes, we were so very fortunate with the weather today. I’m sure you got some great shots too — can’t wait to see them!

  2. joani January 30, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    I don’t go back to 1900. This kind of activity was the best for birthday parties. If we didn’t have the neighbors horses, the tractor and hay rack served the purpose. My sister had a party with horse and sleigh and two of her friends who meet at that time is now 54 years into wedded bliss.
    The kick of the snow is great and that stylish whip!

    • lindastaatsphoto January 30, 2012 / 8:29 pm

      Love to hear your stories Joani, especially since you’re from this great state of Minnesota! I can picture the parties and the fun – times were simpler then. And maybe that’s a good thing for us to remember now.

  3. Tammy January 30, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    Oh! How I wish I could of been there 🙂

    • lindastaatsphoto January 30, 2012 / 8:26 pm

      You would have enjoyed it Tammy! I think I even got a little bit of a sunburn from the reflection off the snow 🙂

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