Autumn Horse Riding in Saint-Fabien, Quebec
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Autumn Horse Riding in Saint-Fabien, Quebec

October 3, 2019


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pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY NEWMAN:
f1bfs24 b0 We’92re traveling to villages along the
south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a sparsely populated area of rolling hills, patchwork
farms and rocky coves and bays. This part of Quebec has long attracted farmers and fisherman,
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cf0 pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 We’92re riding with Ranch CR, a working farm by the village of Saint Fabien.
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pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 So we’92re headed all the way up there.
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f1bfs24 MELISSA b0
b LEBLANC: b0 All the way to the cross, yeah, where
we’92re going to have a nice view of the St. Fabien area.
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pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 Is that sort of the big landmark around here.
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f1bfs24 MELISSA: b0 Yes, it is, and especially at night because
it’92s all light up. pardpardeftab720ri720
cf0 pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 And why did they choose a cross? f2 uc0u8232 u8232
f0fs26>>DARLEY: f1fs24 Because of the priest. In the 50’92s
they got a new priest, and he just wanted to have something to put St. Fabien on the
map, you know. f0fs26>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 During colonial times, only Roman Catholics from France were permitted to settle
New France, what is now modern day Quebec. Because of centuries old cultural ties to
France, Roman Catholicism remains a prominent faith in Quebec. Villages and towns throughout
the province are home to beautiful well-preserved churches, like the one in Saint Fabien. There
are also more modern tributes to the faith. pardpardeftab720ri720
cf0 pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 So who are these guys? f2 uc0u8232 u8232
f0fs26>>f1bfs24 MELISSA:
b0 The one here. We’92re gonna train him this winter and the other one is an old mare.
She’92s retired now. There’92s about 63 horses. And mainly the horses are used for
trail riding and we do have cows. There’92s Angus, then Simmental then Charolais, just
don’92t know how to say that in English. i Laughs
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cf0 pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 We take a short cut through the forest, as we make our way up to the higher fields.
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f1bfs24 MELISSA: b0 I like those little hills just to show
people how powerful is a horse, because when you’92re just on like a little side road,
you can’92t really feel it. And I love that.
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pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 Yeah, and these Canadian horses are powerful.
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f1bfs24 MELISSA: ib0 Laughs.
i0 Horses are good four by four or four wheel drive or
i laughs. pardpardeftab720ri720 i0 cf0
pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 At the top, we tie up our horses and hike to the lookout point.
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pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 Wow. We climbed higher than I thought. i Laughs.
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f1bfs24 MELISSA: b0 Oh yeah definitely.
i Laughs. i0 It really doesn’92t feel like that high,
but it’92s really nice from up here to see everything.
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pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 Is that the St. Lawrence over there.
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f1bfs24 MELISSA: b0 Yep, we can see the St. Lawrence River
that way and then the village and the field that we own on the other side as well.
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pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1fs24 Yeah, it’92s nice and peaceful here. pardpardeftab720ri720
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f1bfs24 MELISSA: b0 Definitely. Definitely. It’92s better
than the town, in my point of view. It’92s quiet and it seems that not too long ago,
the leaves were just so green because they were coming out and now its already changing.
Every season is bringing something different, like my favorite is when the flowers are getting
out and it just smells so good. You just want to stop and eat flowers, so then you understand
a little bit what the horses, why the horses are there and wanting to eat all the time.
i Laughs pardpardeftab720ri720
cf0 pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0i0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1ifs24 Laughs. pardpardeftab720ri720 i0 cf0
pardpardeftab720qlqnatural f0fs26 cf0>>DARLEY:
f1bfs24 b0 Just when I think our ride is over, Melissa
invites me to visit a nearby beach along the St. Lawrence River. I’92m never one to pass
up the beach, especially if it’92s a trip on horseback. Adjacent to Bic National Park,
this area is a haven for birds. Its rocky shores are also a great place to take in the
area’92s Technicolor sunsets. }

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  1. Il est beau! J'adore les chevaux! My French is not great but it's okay lol. I love the country! COUNTRY LIFE FOREVER! God Bless this beautiful land!

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