Horse Show Scenes

Poem and photos based on experiences of the Royal Dublin Society Annual Horse Show

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Slight the scent of wax-polished leather,

equine royalty boxed-in, tethered;

dunged-straw sweet wafts from stalls,

echoing announcements over speakers call.

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Girls command horses, fifteen hands high,

tight jodhpurs and jackets make most males sigh:

blond-hair, blush cheeks, so snug their jackets;

wild-eyed horses rear, neighing racket!

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See pony club teens recklessly riding

daring their colts, close to colliding,

passing the baton, mad-driven mounts:

adrenaline overdose, every second counts.

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Clock tower tolls, imitates Big Ben,

in ring see bulbous, bowler-hatted men;

clear rounds cause clapping from crowds,

reins tightly held by proprietors proud.

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Hand lifted hats arrest equine attention,

hooves tamp turf, shit spoils pretension,

impatient tails wave, picture perfect snap,

comments exchanged, tweed jackets and caps.

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Bored horses peek over worn half-doors,

wordlessly whinny, see primal teeth gnaw;

cobbled corridors, dark and dung-splattered,

hooves angrily stamped or clip-clop clattered…

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