Daniel Saindon and Sylvaine Lebel have been raising ponies for almost 20 years. They have actually won a prize for their 2 year-old pony Coquette in the miniature horse category. This competition took place in the city of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, on September 20th and 21st.
Twenty-four horses in total showed up at the Sorel-Tracy competition. According to Daniel and Sylvaine, Coquette was up to par. Their clever horse was actually the one who won the most points of the competition.
And this is not the only time they have won such amazing prizes. Daniel says that they took part in another competition taking place in the city of Montmagny, Quebec, where there were seventeen horses present in total. They had brought nine of their own and participated in the conformity of the breed and team categories.
This sort of success opens doors for the couple. They want to expand their breeding practices. They currently have five pregnant females and out of the foals expected, two are already sold. This was due to the prizes they won. People trust them much more easily because of their background.
Right now, Daniel and Sylvaine own thirteen ponies. Incredibly, this is the second year where the Cirque du Soleil hires them to perform zoo therapy. This is done by allowing people to approach the horses. They did this in Montreal, in the poor regions of the city.
And, closer to home, they take part in different festivals and other events. They give rides to children. They are careful about this; they make sure the horses are comfortable and do not push them too far. A tired horse is never a good thing.
To make things even better, Daniel makes the horse carriages he uses from his own hands. However, he lets a specialist design and make the harnesses for his miniature horses.
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