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The Mighty Hercules
When Bonner Fishback, 90 year old Warrenton resident, was looking for a pony to pull the little cart in which he used to drive his sister and him to school, The Mighty Hercules stepped right up and volunteered. Even though he is not a pony, but a miniature horse, he and the cart fit beautifully. The parade was for The Fourth Of July on July 3rd.
Nancy Treusch drove Herc with Bonner accompanying his two little neighborhood children who rode in the cart. Bonner had completely taken the cart apart and refurbished it even having a new wheel made by the Amish in Pennsylvania. Herc was the hit of the parade and was petted by just about every kid in the parade. He loved it. The more attention the better is a mini's creed.
The Mighty Hercules -
5 year old Minature Horse, getting a ride from his big Belgian buddies CJ and Prince.
The Mighty Hercules arriving at the Kennedy Center in "Herc's Limo"
Herc was at the Kennedy Center and on stage of The Opera House for the Royal London Ballet's performance of La Fille Mal Gardee. His role was to pull 2 ballerinas in a cart across the stage at different times during the ballet.
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Herc looking around outside of the Kennedy Center,
downtown Washington, D.C.
Herc and Jack on a break between acts in front of
the Royal Ballet sign
VIRGINIA "MINI" APPEARS WITH THE ROYAL LONDON BALLET
Jack Harmon and The Mighty Hercules on the Opera House stage at the Kennedy Center during a break between performances of "La Fille Mal Gardee."
2007Hercules latest preformance was on stage for a video at New Hope Church in Lorton, Virginia. He wore a tiny saddle and came on stage to The Bonanza theme music accompanied by the minister who was very tall and dressed in western clothing.
Jack and Midge Harmon of Harmon's Hayrides and Carriages in Centreville, Virginia were asked if they could provide a well trained driving miniature horse to drive on stage with The Royal Ballet of London, England. He was to pull a cart in the ballet company's performances of La Fille Mal Gardee (The Unchaperoned Daughter) at The Kennedy Center's Opera House in Washington, D.C. The Mighty Hercules was immediately pressed into service for the U.K.
Herc's duties were to include entering and exiting with two ballerinas in a two wheeled cart six times each performance. Herc impressed the well disciplined dancers, both on and off stage during the performances. He behaved like a Trojan while twenty plus dancers whirled around him and the cart at one point in the ballet. Six ballerinas in chicken costumes and a very realistic Rooster flitting all around him did not even faze him. It was dark and very crowded back stage. When Herc would exit, the cart would have to be picked up by two or three stage hands and as Jack wound Herc, still hitched to the cart, through the lines, flats, and lights they dodge the obstacles to carry the cart, to the other side of the stage for the next entrance. Didn't bother Herc a bit!
Herc arrived at the Kennedy Center in his "Limo", a 2 horse trailer, and stopped all traffic both foot and automotive while being unloaded. Tourists and Kennedy Center Security personnel escorted Hercules into the stage door of the Opera House.
During Herc's performance, rehearsals, matinees, and evening performances Jack (who incidentally accompanied Herc during his performances on stage) would take Herc out in front of The Kennedy Center for some fresh air and exercise, only to be mobbed by tourists, visiting dignitaries, and many little girls wanting to visit Hercules after seeing his performance on stage. Stardom has not affected Hercules one bit, Jack says he still is a "Free Spirit" roaming all over Meadow Acres Farm, getting into everything, and especially running with the Belgians; taking one hundred steps to the Belgians four cantering strides.
Hercules had previously appeared in an advertisement for METRO, in a starring role. Its theme was a "Dog and Pony Show". The CEO drove Herc to his cart leading a large dog tied to the back of the cart on the way to a planning meeting. Herc was at the Board of Directors Meeting in the building with a place at the table joining in the planning session.
Jack had promised Herc his own house if he earned the money, and rumors have been circulating since his return from D.C. that Herc is looking at little Amish made Cape Cods and Victorian Houses. He also was overheard interviewing agents to book more engagements.
By Midge Harmon
Rachel and Barney winning champions at their 1st show together at Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg, VA
Rachel Hensley, VA Tech Grad student and Harmon Apprentice driving Smith Barney, a Belgian Gelding in a Meadowbrook Cart
Dow Jones and Dempsy, Belgian Geldings put to a Vis-A-Vis Carriage
driven by Jack Harmon and Jr. Groom Jenny Harmon.
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