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Dala Horse Trot and Kingsburg Swedish Festival

Congratulations to this years 2k and 10k overall winner of the Dala Horse Trot, Kingsburg, California. I was prevlidged to take photographs of nearly every participant. Photographs of the participants can be found here.

2010 Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot Photographs

Opening with an electric guitar version of “The Star Spangled Banner” this years Kingsburg Swedish Festival Dala Horse Trot was held under much better conditions compared to the year prior. This years Dala Horse Trot competitors were blessed with a run held within the city limits and under mostly shaded streets.

Photographs of many finishing their race, 2 k walk, 2k run, or 10k run can be found here.
(Please note that photographs are sorted in the order of completion of the race.)

I attended again this year as an observer and took photographs of as many competitors as I could keep in focus.

This year I was also able to participate in the pancake breakfast at which they served Swedish pancakes, a type of crepe, a nice thin pancake with lots of flavor.

Perhaps next year I will also be able to hang around for the parade and a portion of the craft fair.

Getting used to our new Neighborhood

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Having been on the road for the past couple of weeks I hadn’t been around our house much during daylight hours and had not seen our neighbors riding through the neighborhood on the horses. I love living in an area that still allows horses to go down the streets, it feels so much like countryside right here in the middle of Visalia.

2009 Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot Photographs

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Photographs taken at the Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot can be found here.

For those of you that were actually able to run in the Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot, one of the many events in the 44th annual traditional Kingsburg Swedish Festival, congratulations on even feeling up to competing in the run/walk race. I attended mostly as an observer but felt compelled to share the photographs with those that may have competed.

Ms. Franks and Blossom

In just a short time I learned so many things about riding a horse that I had never know. First was how much care horses need. Horses need to have their hooves cleaned as often as possible and require correct bedding be available for their stabling and would prefer sand for their corral. Pictured here the horse is having it’s hooves cleaned, which revealed some sticks and rocks stuck from the morning rain and lack of daily care. Just like any person who would get ready to run a marathon a good horse requires daily exercise in order to stay fit for longer rides and competition.
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Well trained horses and their riders make things look quite easy though I am sure that there would be no way that I would be able to do half the things that Ms. Franks was telling her horse to do. I watched in amazement taking in as much information about the ride and horse as I could. Please feel free to browse the photographs posted HERE, or continue reading to look at additional photographs.
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