Saturday, April 29, 2006

The photos and interviews collected at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, at Windfields Farm, Woodbine Racetrack, Stampede Park, Equine Guelph, and other such horsey venues are all part of the very cool project I'm working on for Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Each title in this new series will focus on the behind-the-scenes workings of another equine activity. The first two books (Behind-the-Scenes at the Racetrack and Behind-the-Scenes With an Equine Vet) are scheduled to come out in spring of 2007. The Karen Brain Biography (Sono Nis Press) is also slated for a spring 2007 release, so I guess that I'll be spending a whole lot of time thinking about horses during this coming year! How painful is that? NOT!

This handsome fellow is SeeMore, a life-size model used in Equine Guelph's equine education programs.

And this is Let's Go Golfing, a thoroughbred gelding we followed on race day at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Golfin' was quite talented in the face-making department, but not quite so good in his race - he finished well back and out of the money. The best part of Golfin's day was his bath, a relaxing affair that left him sleek and shiny after a tough race in the mud.

And from Calgary, it was on to Toronto where Dani and I spent several days taking photographs and conducting interviews with various people in the horse business.

We started with a tour of Windfields Farm - one of Canada's finest Thoroughbred breeding establishments. We saw young race horses being trained...

... and even younger foals stretching their legs.

Even the cat at Windfields was well educated in racing matters...