By Kim Lemmon
Some people watch TMZ or read In Touch magazine to follow their favorite stars. It can become a hobby or sometimes an obsession for some folks to follow their favorite movie and television or sports stars.
My favorite pass time is attending draft horse shows and watching draft horses. For the past two years, my favorite draft horse — besides my own mare — has been a famous Percheron gelding whose barn name is Cody. He and his teammates won a lot of classes at the 2010 World Percheron Show and have had a lot of success in the show ring since then. Cody is amazing in harness and it is obvious that he loves to be shown.
I see Cody several times a year because he is part of the Flat Rock team that is located in Bellevue, Ohio, so he and his teammates are often shown at the draft shows I attend.
An added bonus is that Cody is a half-brother to my draft mare, Julie. They share the same father. Although Julie was a champion halter horse in her day, I’m not naive enough to believe that she ranks in the same class as Cody but it sure is fun to feel like you have a small connection to such a famous horse.
I met Gary Rowe, one Cody’s handler’s, last fall at an Ohio Percheron Breeders meeting so when I saw Gary at the Ohio State Fair this week I reintroduced myself to him and asked if I could take a few pictures of Cody for my blog. Boy was I surprised when he invited me back to the farm’s stalls and allowed me to watch as they readied Cody for some of his classes.
The highlight of the day was when I got to help water the horses and of course that included Cody.
Enjoy these photos of Cody from my day serving as the draft horse paparazzi.