As you may have heard, there’s an extra-special addition to this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show: a nightly pageant of music, horses, and more — “Around the World in Sixty Years” — in honor of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the many countries she’s visited during her reign.

Half of our CAA group went to the pageant last night, and the rest of us saw tonight’s final performance. (It was a stunningly spectacular show, by the way.)

The U.S. contingent consisted of cowboys, Native Americans, roping cowgirls, the “Pony Express,” longhorn cattle, and an original Stagecoach owned (and brought from California specifically for the pageant) by CAA member Michele Macfarlane.

Yesterday evening, I was fortunate to be allowed to go (with an escort, mind you) “backstage” at the very beginning of the pageant to watch some of the U.S. contingent gathering in the huge driving warmup arena, and to see Michele’s horses being put to the Stagecoach.

Here’s a look at the portion of the massive production that I saw, in the order that it all took place:

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