I wrote a small blurb on the Chronicle’s website for Thanksgiving. It was included with other staff members’ thoughts. Here’s what I wrote. It’s kind of cheesy! And here’s a photo of me and the boys at Morven last weekend.
“I’m thankful that I’m able to keep my horses at home. I love waking up every morning and hearing them nicker and neigh when they see me walking out the back door. I love spending so much time around them and knowing the second they don’t feel well. I love being able to look out my bedroom window and see them grazing, galloping across the field or peeking their heads out of the barn. I’m also thankful to my retired event horse Sam for putting up with me and keeping me safe as I learned the ropes at preliminary and now as we conquer second level dressage. He’s the ultimate schoolmaster. I’m thankful to my other event horse Oh So for teaching me the patience needed to retrain an OTTB. I’m thankful that it’s all paid off, and I get to experience the sensation of a horse who truly loves his job and gallops across country with his ears pricked, just looking for the next fence. I’m thankful to my family for supporting my passion and my trainers for not only guiding me in my riding endeavors, but also for being mentors and friends. Most of all, I’m thankful for the joy that my horses bring to my life. They make me laugh, they make me smile, and they bring me up when I’m feeling down.”