This will be the final blog installment of the beautiful horses in the beautiful parade on a beautiful day . . .
making their way down the 6 mile trek. . .
and if you look very closely, you'll see Gabby's crystal blue right eye (above) . . .
as well as the cheerful "Men in White" handling the poop patrol following close behind!
I would be remiss in not mentioning the entry from West Covina that showcased the Tuskegee Airmen. There were 15 veterans from the original World War II fighter group of African American military men. It was a sight to behold to see everyone in the stands jump to their feet to honor of these brave men.
At the end of the parade, everyone was very happy to lighten their loads . . .
while the riders were relieved to dismount for the first time in many hours. . .
and rest their weary feet.
The horses had worked up a sweat, and seemed relieved to be back home at their camp on the expressway . . .
enabling their horses to "belly up to the bar" for a nice, long well-deserved drink . . .
while others said their goodbyes, making promises to do it all over again next year.
Thank you, Shire Riders, for your beautiful presentation, all your efforts, and especially for sharing your horses with millions of viewers across the country. . . and you too, Judy, for sharing your terrific photographs so that we could, in turn, share with our followers on this blog.