C today’s topic here: Clay Henry and Cicero
It was very nice of Toby to let me share in some of his challenge duties. He’s taken over staring at Mable and Matilda while I present the “C” subjects.
First we have Clay Henry, who was a goat that resided in Texas. One day in 1986 he was elected mayor of Goat Mountain (aka Lajitas), a super small town in southwestern Texas. Clay Henry wasn’t a shoo-in – he had competition: from a man who lived in Houston, some 500 miles away, a wooden stature of a Native American that stood outside the local trading post and a local dog named Buster. Mayor Clay served until his death at the very old age of 23, in 1992. His major claim to being famous was not that he was mayor but that he loved beer. His citizens always made sure he got his daily ration of beer – and then some!
Being the most powerful goat in town, Clay Henry started a political dynasty that continues on. After the original Clay, next came his son, Clay Henry, Jr. who served until 1998. And then Clay Henry the Third who began serving in 1998. The most recent update Toby found was in 2008, Clay Henry III was still serving as mayor and fortunately sired a son, Clay Henry IV, before being rudely castrated by a local drunk. (The drunk was caught and arrested; Clay Henry recovered.) Maybe this is why Toby didn’t want to share this with you – it brought back memories of being neutered!!He’s almost a tuxedo goat!!!
A skewbald* draft horse named Cicero began his working career in the lowly profession of a milkman’s horse. He was known as Paddy then and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. Paddy and his owner delivered milk to many houses in town, one of which was Holyrood House, where Queen Elizabeth stays when she visits Edinburgh. One day on their usual route, they found their way blocked by a very noisy royal parade. Paddy reportedly watched with interest, and, not being bothered by the noise and commotion of the troop, music, drums, other horses and the crowd, the large horse stood completely still until the parade passed by. A few days later the milkman received a letter from the queen’s Household Calvary. It seems a colonel of the Calvary noticed Paddy standing calmly unmoved as the parade passed and they were looking for horses that were able to remain calm in the midst of chaos.That’s quite the parade!!
In 1968, Paddy was on his way to the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace in London to begin months of training. He was renamed Cicero and promoted to the lofty profession of Drum Master’s horse. He paraded with the Life Guards, the queen’s bodyguards, and spent 10 years in parades carrying 2 118-pound drums plus the Drum Master. When he retired in 1979, Cicero was (and still is) one of the longest serving drum horses. Look at those hooves – they’re huge!!! Also, I hope you notice Cicero is walking on his own with no one guiding him. Very smart horse.
*Skewbald is a British term and is a color pattern of horses. The North American term is ‘pinto’. A skewbald horse has a coat made up of white patches on a non-black base coat, such as chestnut, bay, or any color besides black coat. Skewbald horses which are bay and white (bay is a reddish-brown color with black mane and tail) are sometimes called tricolored. These horses usually have pink skin under white markings and dark skin under non-white areas. Other than color, it is similar in appearance to the piebald pattern. Some animals also exhibit coloration of the irises of the eye that match the surrounding skin (blue eyes for white skin, brown for dark).
Thanks for stopping by! Now I can get back to Mable & Matilda. Mom says I’m obsessed with them. I don’t know what that means. I only spend every moment of every minute their door is open staring at them. She told me this morning I’m going to lose weight because I forget to eat! Toby will be here tomorrow with the letter “D”.
Love you! BobbieSue