Here is a small gallery of images that Keron created in Golegã, Portugal, over the last 8 days.  If you have never been to the Festival in Golegã, Keron’s pictures will show you what you’ve missed!  There are campinhos at Manuel Assuncao Coimbra’s box, people of all ages riding gorgeous Lusitanos, and atmospheric photos to give you the feel that is only Golegã. The history and culture of a horse fair in Golegã, going back nearly 500 years, is known around the world. But as a living festival, it is in a  state of constant change. The one thing that does not change is the joy of people celebrating the Lusitano and the connection humans have shared with these remarkable animals for many hundreds and hundreds of years. You can see an even larger selection and read a little about her experience over on her blog:

Some other items of interest:

We have secured a reduced rate at the Dry Creek Inn (click the link for their site) for all the January Symposium attendees needing lodging. It’s a very nice place…just give them a call and tell them that you are attending the Barbier Farms event.

There is a new trip on the blog. Click the page above (BRASIL for Carnival) for an outline of the trip. Please contact Debra for further details. Follow the links to see some of the places we’ll be staying.  I am so happy to be going back to Trancoso and Toca do Marlin in Bahia.

For all those interested in hosting clinics in 2012, contact me ASAP. Dates are nearly filled for the year already! I’m excited to be going to South Africa, Switzerland, England, and Brasil, in addition to many clinics here in the US and Canada.  With our trips scheduled in February and May to Brasil, and and others to be announced, it is going to be a very busy year, but one filled with the culture and passion of the Lusitano and classical dressage. We hope to share part of it with you.