I'd love to share my Labor Day with you. It started with a horseback ride organized by my friend, Muffin Dowdle. We started off at her house and then rode through beautiful Ward Pound Ridge Reservation—not far from my farm. With more than 4,000 acres, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is the largest park in Westchester County.
After our ride, we enjoyed a relaxing lunch and some ULIVjava iced coffee.
After lunch I was treated to a wonderful surprise- a new canary! For the past 16 years, I have raised Red Factor canaries, but on Labor Day, I was introduced to another extraordinary species. Muffin’s friend, canary breeder Frank Bua, gave me a Spanish Timbrado.
First bred in the 1940s and 50s, the Spanish Timbrado is widely regarded for its unique song and appearance. A cross between a wild canary and the songbird of Spain, the Spanish Timbrado has a bright and melodious song and wonderful, wild coloring. These songbirds are often a greenish hue, but also found in cinnamon, yellow, white, or variegated—just like my new canary.
I hope you enjoy these photos! I am looking forward to your comments.
1 The barn at Muffin and James Dowdle's house in Pound Ridge, New York. They call it Kissmore Farm!
2 Betsy Perreten, my stable manager, with two of my five gorgeous Friesian horses, Ramon on the left and Rinze on the right--just before our ride. Friesians are the only horse breed native to the Netherlands. The breed has been known there since the 13th century.
3 Mary Tedesco, my personal trainer and co-founder of ULIVjava. This beautiful Pinto pony is named Porsche. Pinto horses have patchy markings of white with another color. Pinto is Spanish for "painted, mottled, or spotted."
4 Mary saddling up the Pinto pony named Porsche!
5 Mary riding Porsche.
6 Rinze and me ready to go!
7 Betsy on Ramon, Rinze and me, and Jenny Eckerson on her Irish Thoroughbred named Cleopatra.
8 From left to right: Mary Tedesco, Talia Rosen, Shelia Drenckhahn, Muffin, Jody Rosen, Sara Eckerson, Betsy Perreten, me, and Jenny Eckerson. A few husbands and caterers from Neto's Catering in Mount Kisco are on the back deck!
9 Shelia and Jody heading out for our seven mile tour of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
10 Riding one of the many trails.
11 There are 41.9 miles of trails in the reservation. The trails go along wooded roads, past wetlands, rock outcroppings and open meadows.
12 A view of one of the meadows.
13 Heading back to Muffin's house with Mary, Jenny, Jody, Sarah, and Muffin.
14 Here we are back at the barn at Kissmore Farm.
15 Dominic Arena, who works on my farm, helping out with water for the horses.
16 Ramon just after the ride.
17 Rinze relaxing after our two-hour journey!
18 Jody Rosen with her Shire horse named Duchess. Shire horses are heavy and powerful horses of a draft breed, originally from the English Midlands.
19 All the horses got cool baths after the ride. Here is Jody Rosen giving Duchess a bath.
20 Muffin with Biscuit, her Palomino pony. Palominos have a golden coat and a white mane and tail.
21 Lunch was served by Neto's Catering of Mount Kisco, New York. We all enjoyed this delicious cheese plate.
22 ULIVjava Lean Iced Coffee!
23 This beautiful canary was a gift from canary breeder Frank Bua. It's a Spanish Timrado.