by Lisa Tome
Bryan Bradley didn't head to Friday's Presidential Inauguration festivities.
But his horses were there.
"I don't want to be anywhere near that place," laughed Bradley. "But I'm proud of the horses.
Bradley, a Port Deposit native, and Perryville High graduate who now owns Granite Springs Stables in Warwick, is a renowned horsemen. He owns the boarding, training, and equestrian lesson facility. He is currently a hunt seat coach at Villanova University near Philadelphia. And due to his reputation as a horsemen, he supplied four horses to the First City Mounted Patrol of Philadelphia for the Inaugural Parade.
The horses, three thoroughbreds and a Missouri Foxtrotter, from Granite Springs made the trip.
There were requirements. Each of the horses was required to have four heavy metal shoes affixed to their hooves to provide non-slip. The horses each had to be body clipped which Bradley described as being similar to a crew cut. Medical certifications were also required for each animal.
The horses left the area days before the parade. Bradley said on Sunday, January 15 they were taken to Valley Forge Military Academy where they trained. They were then transported to a facility in Prince George's County later in the week to prepare for the parade.
Bradley said it is an honor. He plans to have pictures of the event put up at the stables.
But this isn't the first honor. Bradley coached a team to the Inter-Collegiate Horse Show National Championship 20 years ago.