Our driving directions were, go to Pompadour and turn left at the castle…. So we did. And there it was. The French National Stud is here, and it isn’t unusual to see folks hacking horses through the center of town, just going from place to place. The show grounds are on one side of the castle, and across the street from the castle is the CCI crosscountry course – Photos later on.
This was probably one of the prettiest trot-up areas I’ve seen.
But there must have been some extra excitement in the air, because more than the usual number of horses were being naughty. There are many stallions entered here, and many of them were on their hind legs during the inspection.
More about castles over the weekend: we’re scheduled to have a cocktail party on the Pompadour castle terrace on Saturday. But here is our little “castle away from home,” the bed and breakfast where we and several of the other judges are staying this week:
And besides the picturesque accommodations, we are learning a great deal about French food — and French wine, of course…. so many vineyards, so little time! But here’s one of the best reds we’ve had in a long time, although we are told that the 2003 is even better:
I am only hoping that my clothes still fit after all this education!