I just love this horse, Tiamo. He's a big, sturdy guy. He was the first 'big time' horse for young rider Jorinde Verwimp, a Belgian dressage rider. This morning I watched the dressage competition in Mechelen, Belgium, and that competition was also Tiamo's retirement ceremony. There were signs all over the arena saying, "Thank You Tiamo" in different languages. The funniest part was of course, there are photographers and you're supposed to hold a huge boquet of flowers wrapped in crinkly paper and get your picture taken. And here's what the dialog looked like: "Here's your big boquet of flowers." "No." (Tiamo spins around) "Is he ok now?" "No." "Okay....is he okay now?" "No." "How about if I pet him a little and then hand you the flowers?" "No. It's a very bad idea." (Tiamo is staring at the flowers as if they are going to eat him) "How about the trophy?" "No." "How about you LEAN DOWN and just put your hand on it, and I'LL hold it down here, and you just smile a lot?" "That might work." Tiamo: "You said there wouldn't be flowers!" What a wonderful horse. What a wonderful rider, too. She retired Tiamo because he was having trouble on and off with his back. It appeared that the team captain was insisting she compete anyway. So she resigned the team. She said her horse was more important. Jorinde Verwimp's Tiamo Retired from Sport Here's an interview with Tiamo. Yes, Manesandtails, TIAMO SPEAKS. Do you enjoy being around other horses or animals or would you rather stick to humans ? Who are your favorite friends and why ? I like some horses, I have a girlfriend Donna. She always stands next to me in the field and I just love her. For the rest I prefer people, but not to many. My rider and groom are good and the other girls from the stable are pretty sweet to. But please no man to close to me. Don’t like them so much. Portrait of TIAMO, a 16 years old talking horse | Dressage International This is Tiamo's friend.