Norman trotted into Brazil and was excited to visit this country as he had never been there before. First Norman stopped to see the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands high up in the city of Rio. Thousands of tourists travel to see this world famous statue each year. It is truly a spectacular sight. Norman was surprised to find out that the statue had been hit by lightening several times. Afterwards Norman cantered over to look at the Maracanã, officially called Estádio Mário Filho stadium where the 2014 Soccer World Cup is taking place this summer. He was amazed by its vast size and soaked up the atmosphere surrounding the venue.
Norman attends the 24th Brazilian Congress of the Brazilian AQHA
After his sightseeing Norman then attended the 24th Brazilian Congress of the Brazilian AQHA, American Quarter Horse Association, which took place in the city of Avaré, in the state of São Paulo. This is one of the most important sporting events for the Quarter Horse breed. The exhibition attracts over 5,000 subscribers and 1,700 animals that compete in the following events; three barrels, ranch sorting, team penning and tie. This year's event had the biggest prize in the competitions history, surpassing $1,000,000.
Norman had the opportunity to meet and greet spectators, whilst finding out that the event continues to grow in size each year. Here the people are passionate about the American Quarter Horse as the breed is very versatility and gentle. During the event Norman met with Guabi, the official feed partner in Brazil for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. They asked Norman about the Games in France and it was clear that these people really love their horses. Norman was happy to indulge in some horse talk.
What an exciting day he had, seeing the famous sites of Brazil and attending such an incredible equestrian event. Norman fell in love with the vibrant colors of Brazil and was amazed by its spectacular landscapes. As he trotted to his next destination he promised himself that he would return for a holiday in the near future.