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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

6 February 2019. Don’t Try This At Home… Las Luminarias Festival in Spain


On the eve of the Catholic feast of St Anthony (17 January), the Las Luminarias festival occurs in the village of San Bartolomé de Pinares in Spain. People ride horses through bonfires in order to rid the beasts of sin, purify them, and to give them protection for the coming year. Oh, yes… they cheat… they douse the horses in water before riding them through the fire. The locals build around 20 bonfires; around a hundred horses and riders take part. Don’t try this at home…



Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Putin Hugs Leopard Cub in Sochi

00 Putn and leopard in Sochi. 04.02.14


On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin toured a Persian leopard breeding center in Sochi, stopping to pet a young feline. Putin personally drove International Olympic Committee officials to the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Center in a Lada Niva. There, he entered a leopard nursery to pet 6-month-old Grom (“Thunder”) in front of the cameras. He praised leopards’ sexual prowess after learning that they can mate up to 274 times a week when in heat. Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that Putin told one of the journalists, “Take example!” Grom, agitated by the crowd accompanying Putin, eventually snapped and attacked journalists, scratching one and biting another on the knee. This prompted Putin to linger after the crowd left, trying to calm down the cub. Putin, a noted animal lover, visited the leopard centre in Sochi several times since its opening in 2009. The centre, which now houses six adult Persian leopards and four cubs, is working to reintroduce the big cats into the Caucasus, where their population is now extinct. The Persian leopard, one of nine leopard subspecies, is a threatened animal, with its population in the wild believed to be no more than 1,200, mostly in Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan. Other animals Putin took interest in include tigers, polar bears, dogs, horses, cranes, and octopi.

4 February 2014



Editor’s Note:

VVP appears to have real rapport with animals… that’s a gift, you can’t learn it in school. He sincerely loves animals and the outdoors… and can’t get enough of both due to his work. If you compare VVP to George W Bush, Willard Romney, or Rush Limbaugh, you can’t help observing how petty and small they are in comparison to Putin. Like him or not, he’s a genuine human being and real statesman, not a blowhard politician.

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

16 June 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Equine Shopping

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Equine Shopping

Sergei Yolkin



“Galloping in Rio” prepared a list of what a rider and a horse need in order to achieve good results in the arena. Sergei Yolkin saw it this way.

3 June 2013

Sergei Yolkin



Tuesday, 13 November 2012

13 November 2012. From the Russian Web… Bears on Horses!

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Who woulda thunk it? Bears on horses… quintessentially Russian, but that doesn’t mean that it’s from Russia (even though I did see this on English Russia, a Russian website). So, the most that I’ll commit myself to is “from the Russian web”.


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