May 17, 2013
Finally the day of the long awaited Herding Seminar at the Opusztaszer Heritage Park has arrived. After 4 hours of sleep, I packed up the Pumis and drove to the seminar. Fruska and Agyag have been eager to start the practice but they had to wait through the presentation part of the day.
During the break we checked out parts of the park, including the monumental Feszty Panoramic Painting about the invasion of the Karpat Basin by the ancestral Hungarians. It is a breath taking work of art on1800 square meters of canvas with the necessary gruesome images of war, pagan rituals, sacrifice, rape, killing, pillaging and of course heroism painted in the style of romanticism with a strong influence from the Munich Landscape Artists.
I am wondering what would have been the result if a Cubist or an
Expressionist painter had been commissioned to create this painting…
After the break, we started practicing. Agyag was somewhat temperamental. Her young age, inexperience with different herding environments, new stock and the effect of her hormonal imbalance due to her beginning heat cycle combined, have taken their toll on her. Her overall performance however, was pretty reassuring for the future.
Fruska, however, was in complete control. A real diva of the herding arena. Confident, strong and commanding. It is a pleasure to watch her working. It must be the combination of her Hungarian blood, French sophistication, and American flamboyance… I love you girl!
It was a smart decision to participate at the seminar. We had a great time, have met some great Pumi people and learned some nice tricks to correct some specific problems. Thank you Krisztina Menyhart and Tari Jozsi!
hope to be back in the future…
Tamara Prohaska, thank you for the great herding seminar pictures.