North Fork Sunday Scene: In honor of the horse

Cathy Springer and her horse Christopher. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cathy Springer and her horse Christopher. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In honor of the National Day of the Horse on Dec. 13, we bring you a snap shot of this brown beauty spotted at a Cathy Springer’s Aquebogue farm.

When Christopher, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale mix, smells peppermint in Springer’s pocket, he just goes crazy, she said.

Springer, who has been enamored with horses since she was a little girl, takes Christopher and her other two horses, Ricky Martin and Baxter, to events all over the East End. You can find the group, which live at Springer’s Church Lane farm, at every event from St. Patrick’s Day parades to Easter processions.

“I’m on the go all the time,” she said. “It’s just incredible.”

Her personal motto?

“Dress up and show up.”

Springer, a member of the East End Livestock and Horsemen’s Association and a founder of the donkey rescue group East End Ass Whisperers, even took her pets Christmas caroling in Aquebogue this weekend.

The second Saturday in December has been designated by Congress as the National Day of the Horse, a day to be mindful of the contributions of horses to this country.

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Previous Sunday Scenes:

Longhorn cattle

A cold day at the beach

An early winter chill

Pressing merlot at Bedell

October sun at Gabrielsen’s

North Fork fall foliage