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Windt im Wald Farm
Geauga County, Northeast Ohio
since 1995

Thompson's Farm Fest 2005

First it snowed on the weekend of April 23 all over Northeast Ohio.  Nearly every tree was in bloom, and the delicate forsythia was just bursting into its pale yellow.  Not only did it turn cold and produce a snowstorm  worthy of January, but some fifty-thousand Northeastern Ohio homes were without electric power and/or telephone service. So when Farm Fest organizers Nanci Schaffert and JoAnn Rokosky called to inform that the Farm Fest would be April 20, we did not take it with too heavy a heart.

As April 29 rolled around, there was another report of unseasonal weather. This time the prediction was for plenty of cold rain, but we did not want to believe that the FarmFest might be cancelled for the second week in a row. Nevertheless, Nanci's sunny voice left the message that FarmFest was to be rescheduled for May 7, 2005. That decision put us in a bit of chaos because of other scheduled events, especially when the dreaded weather forecasts predicted yet another bout of rain for May 7.

As the morning of May 7 rolled around, it was indeed raining in our end of Geauga County. Two very clean demonstration horses, our bay 3/4 Arabian mare, Supreme Tsamaz, and our bay tobiano 1/2 Arabian mare, WIW Dixie Melody, looked out from their stalls in sheets that were still intact and not torn. As we removed the sheets and packed them into the trailer for the ride to Thompson, the cloudbursts followed us east for nearly the whole way until we were about ten minutes from Thompson. The sun was definitely shining down upon us there.

For the second year in a row we demonstrated the quiet temperament and reliability of the Arabian horse. Both horses rode without a bridle, but with clip reins attached to their halters amidst lots of curious visitors seeking close parking spaces, huge brigades of curious motorcyclists, music, loudspeakers.  We brought our brightly-colored umbrellas and a white plastic bag attached to the end of a standard riding whip. These were our props inside the round pen provided by Schaffert's feed, and both horses were unphased by the training props and the attention that they got from family after family as children as young as two admired and petted the two horses that stuck their heads through the round pen to get as much affection and attention as they could. Many offered to pay for the chance to ride a horse breed that has unfairly been characterized as "wild and crazy," but we were happy for the privilege to demonstrate that these horses are safe, sensible, and sane. For all of her tender age, Dixie performed most magnificently, letting Tom open and shut an orange umbrella right under her nose without any reaction. She was so popular that one young man came back for four rides and one gentleman informed us that his wife was looking forward to seeing the Arabian horses.

The four hours that we gave rides came and went very quickly, providing incredibly good experience for two treasured horses and the chance to return something to Geauga County for being our beloved home. We promised the participants that the pictures would be up soon, so here they are! Thanks, everyone, for letting us know that you appreciated our efforts  to help the Second Annual FarmFest to be a fun-filled event. Thanks, also, Mr. Sun, for the warm response!


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