There is something about this picture that reminds me of my long-departed sister, Betty Sue (no, not my horse). Her hair was long and similar in color to Kendyll’s now. Probably my family that is still around and remembers her as a child would not agree, but there is something here in Kendyll’s eyes, in her expression, that shows strength and determination and my sister had both. It takes me back in time and yet, secures me tightly to my future, this granddaughter is special as all of mine are.
It has been a run of several weeks of gorgeous weather and clear, cloudless skies. While this is doing little to preserve what is left of my pastures (which desperately need rain), it starts and ends each day with fresh beauty. The clear, star-filled sky as I got out early to feed and the dropping sun as the day ends again, an orange ball in the sky.
With this wonderful weather we have been spending a lot of time riding. Lauren because Zone Finals are upon us and the rest of us, because it is so lovely. A couple of nights I rode horses back to back after a long day at work. I galloped for the first time in several years, trusting my mount (Mickey) and myself (as I get stronger) to hang tough.
I have been busy taking photos. Even today as I gave lessons I snap photos while my student trudges on. Did you know I am giving lessons now? It is actually going pretty well and I haven’t killed anyone yet.
Allyson is back on Snow after taking a few years off and it is like she never missed a day. Isabel planned out a tough course for them and they did great. Isabel is getting a lot practice as she has been moving up on Prosecco. They are jumping higher with tougher courses. I think she wanted to pass along her experiences. And in what is probably the crazy jumping picture of the year. I caught Prosecco jumping like a frightened cat literally off the ground and over the jump. This has to be an all-star photo!
Speaking of a little nuts, Mickey is headed to Zone Finals with Alex for his fourth time. We have him on some new meds and he is doing so well. He is jumping well and moving like a young horse.
We have been pushing Mickey to jump higher and wider to meet the demands of the big show. He is responding well. The jump above had a wide enough spread that after jumping it successfully, they found the jump was wide enough for Alex and Mickey to stand inside of it. Now, we just need to get Lauren and Feather to jump Mickey in the middle of the jump and we will really have something!
Another milestone for me passed this week with the one year anniversary of the arrival of Fargo and baby Betty Sue. Betty Sue was only six months old when she arrived from Colorado. Fargo is in foal to Feather’s sire and she has grown a little too!
The dogs are always a big part of any day and we caught a couple candid’s of them.
We had joy
We had fun
We had seasons in the sun