My mission to Ukraine was easily one of the most intense weeks of my professional life, and it felt terribly reassuring to be welcomed home by Bello's whinny.
I believe that my work with Ukraine’s parliamentarians, NATO, the UN, the European Union, the IMF, and the World Bank laid important foundations for GOPAC’s efforts in the months ahead. But this work will be more intense still: both the fate of Ukraine and the future of Eastern Europe hang in the balance.
"Bello" is the Spanish word for "handsome", which I think it doubly appropriate for him: in addition to being (in my unashamedly biased opinion) a strikingly handsome horse, Bello's sire was an Andalusian, a Spanish breed originally developed for the battlefield and for mounted bull fighting.
"Bello" is also a natural contraction of his formal name, "Rex Bellorum", which reflects his having been bred to the standards of a baroque warhorse.
I hope Bello will eventually join me as a member of Canada's national Tent Pegging team.