The Ballad of the Irish Horse

17 03 2007

The Ballad of the Irish Horse

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thought we’d mark the day with me telling you about a lovely little National Geographic documentary, Ballad of the Irish Horse. Featuring music by The Chieftains, it’s a loving look at the horse culture of the Emerald Isles:

Over the centuries, horses have captured hearts and minds of the Irish people. Nurtured by the mild climate and rich grasses, the horses of Ireland have always flourished. From magnificent wild stallions to sturdy work ponies and the elegant racing thoroughbreds—Ireland’s horses are an enduring part of the country’s history, work, and play. A romantic portrait of man and animal for viewers to treasure.

I was fortunate enough to find it at my local Jumbo Video a few years ago, but it may pop up on TV in reruns, or at your local public library; find your own copy here or on eBay. (If you go the latter route, make sure the videotape is in the right format for your country)

Have you seen Thomas?

17 03 2007


Thomas the pony was stolen from the Californian Living Museum in Bakersfield last month, and the reward for information leading to his return has risen to $7500 US. He’s a small, brown silver dapple pony, 15 years of age. Link

%d bloggers like this: