My mom and I flew to Burbank, California to see the horse show Cavalia.
For more than 20 years my mom's life's passion has been taking care of her horses. She has taken in nearly 20 horses, most of them elderly, and provided them a safe, happy place to live out the remainder of their life. The breeds she has taken in include Arabians, Appaloosas, Andalusian, a few Quarter Horses.
It's rare for my mom to leave the house for more than a few hours at at time. Like most animal lovers, she thinks no one will take care of them in the same manner she does.
Over the years, she has seen the horse show Cavalia nine times in Scottsdale. Because of the show schedule, after the Burbank show, Cavalia will remain in Canada for some time. Our trip to Burbank was her 10th viewing of the show.
If I were to try to describe the show, words would fail me. It is the most spectacular show I have ever seen. It's about much more than horses.
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One of many trailers to accompany the show as they travel.
The smaller tent on the left is the Rendez-Vous tent. The larger tent behind it is where the show is held. Before the show, Rendez-Vous ticket holders were treated to fantastic food, drink and social time.
My mom. Because we flew in, we were early, so we found a sunny place to sit and wait.
My mom. She doesn't like to have her picture taken, I had to sneak to get these photos.
One of many Cavalia flags above the tent.
Burbank sunset, complete with power lines.
The Cavalia tents at night.
Inside the Rendez-Vous tent, the photo doesn't do it justice.
Excellent food, yummy. My mom's plate was filled with sushi, fresh ginger, shrimp, and more.
The only photo I took inside the show, they asked that no photo or video be taken. Normally my mom sits in the first or second row. Those seats were sold out, so we were about 20 rows back.
At the Burbank airport. This was in the corner begging to be taken out for a ride :) The officer that left it for the night left the keys in it.
Sunrise, looking over my neighbors house, on 02/01/2011.