Short post tonight-busy time of year for all, I am sure!
First, El Campo Ricebirds went down fighting-Stephenville was a tougher, bigger team and they dominated the scoreboard. Still what a thrill it was to be at Cowboy Stadium-reportedly some 7500 strong (that’s a major percentage of the town!). The boys of fall got all the way to the state championship and hopefully will continue to build a strong program in the future. I am so glad that I encouraged Lauren to go with Jo Etta and Blake. There are things you look back on in life and remember fondly and this will be one of those for Lauren.
Jordyn came down yesterday and helped me out around the barn with the chores. I swear she could probably walk Ally through our routine of the cleaning, watering, feeding (including which horse eats what, how much and with what supplements) if we ever needed to call on them in an emergency.
We got rain Saturday but we let Bruno just go out, get wet and get muddy. Being a race horse most of his life he has not gotten to be “just a horse”. We take him to Texas A&M for surgery Tuesday so he will not be getting out and muddy again for a long time. He absolutely raced the wind from the far back of the arena to the barn, over and over, joyously running for the pure pleasure of the romp. Little Mimi was a hundred yards behind him and would turn when he was half way back from the run down to the barn and catch him for a few yards before he lost her again in a blaze of speed. Oh, I wish I would have seen him run on the track!
Today, Lauren was supposed to take Feather to Dev’s for a lesson and Jordyn would get to ride her beloved Snowney Pony. But a torrential downpour nixxed that plan, right after Lauren got Feather successfully loaded in the trailer (so that was good!).
We had Amy McCaffery make Dev a rosewood mounting block to take to the horse shows. It turned out beautifully and we were thrilled to give it to him at his Christmas party today. It is kind of a selfish gift as Lauren needs it at the shows and will be glad to have there in the future. It is always nice to have a step up when mounting your horse, but if we ever get big Bruno going, it will be a necessity.
I will spare you the Jordyn went to the nursing home with me story, except to say, Lauren, Jordyn, mom and I walked the halls last night to look at the decorated doorways of the residents. By the time we made it around, several of the residents were in tow. Jordyn was holding the hand of Miss Lou who had yelled for us to slow down and Lauren was hearing the tale of Christmas past from Miss Bernice. The best part (okay, I am telling you the story) was having Miss Bernice show Jo how to Texas Two Step.
I am thankful for the nice weekend.