Competition season is over. As a friend said, this is the time of year when the horses are lame and the checkbooks are empty. Not the case here but it is time for a welcome break and some re-tooling for next season. Brynnie and I finished up a great year at the prelminary level, completing six competitions (five of them CDEs) and coming home in the ribbons, 4th or better, in five of the six. It's been a great journey with him, and every day we drive we cement the partnership a little more. I feel sorry for those eventers who will never complete a long format event, the time Bryn and I spend together prepping for our 13-14 kilometer marathons build a relationship that is hard to duplicate. So without further ado. . . the 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup Winners - Preliminary Single Pony!
My heart horse Bo finished up a successful year with Boyd Martin - with a 15th place finish at the Fair Hill CCI**. His dressage continues to improve daily and he has come so very far in the year he has been with Boyd. I miss him very much but I know he is getting great care and the crew at Windurra enjoy having him around. He successfully completed two advanced horse trials this summer with ease and top ten finishes. He will be back out in 2012 with his talented stable mates and it should be a great year!!
The husband's horse spent the summer at Windurra learning his craft with great success - ending on a high note completing two training level events. Bru, aka Krugerrand, is one of the nicest, calmest horses I have ever come across. Lovely to ride, nice jumper and a pleasant boy all around. He and Manny made their debut in the hunting world at opening meet this past Thursday, and handled most everything in stride. Right up to the part where Manny forgot to steer, Bru jumped the four foot jump wing and popped Manny out of the tack. Xrays are all clear, good drugs are involved, Bru is none the worse for wear and I have a promise they will only hilltop for the rest of the season!!
My son has passed in and out of my life once again. Being a parent is one of the most bittersweet experiences I have had, and I struggled every day with the concept that my dreams for him are not his dreams for himself. It was a pleasant departure this time, we chat from time to time and I hope that he finds his own path in life. He should know that I love him with all my heart and that, just like that stupid song he doesn't like, sometimes goodbye is a second chance.