WOW, what a whirlwind we’ve been on! So much has happened that I hardly know where to begin. To capsulize our winter and spring in California, I’d say, “normal horse showing.” What is meant by this remark is that we had super highs, super lows, lots of progress, prizes, disappointments, gains, and losses. It is the nature of the beast to be challenged, tested, humbled, energized, enlightened, and always learning.
Going way back to Thermal, I want to note what a fantastic circuit Winsome Farms family had!
We added a beautiful gray mare to Taylor Alexander’s string of horses named Carmeline M. We went right to the wire to compete in the final Jr/AO Jumper Classic. Not only did our dear friend, Dr. Duncan Peters, come to our rescue with the pre-purchase, but we also chased down our horse insurer, changed ownership with USEF, and wrote the check!! All of this prior to the 8:00 start. Aye yi yi! This took care of my cardio exercise for quite a while. Amazingly, Taylor and Carmeline were incredible. They had only one rail in a very high technically difficult class, and this was only their second pairing in competition.
Karen Tanner-Smith bought a 4-year old WB, bred and raised at Kathy’s Crystal Springs Ranch. GW, as he is fondly referred to, might be chronologically 4 years of age, but his mind, kindness, and generosity are definitely that of a much older horse. Our thanks go to Kathy for breeding and raising such a fine fellow.
Once again our Aspen family member, Kathy Weiss, was Mid-Circuit, and Circuit Champion at Thermal Hits. She and her saint, Easton, started their derby career, and what a start it was. Having never ridden in a derby before, Kathy wasn’t sure it was the right decision. Fear not, Easton met the challenge with his usual equanimity, and confidence producing style. They even qualified for the Saugerties derby! Had it not been for the fact that this brave, generous animal had a surgery that eliminated 25′ of intestine, he and Kathy would have made the journey.
Lastly, we also found a new home for another of Kathy’s home-breds this summer. Gunther is now receiving his training and first showing experiences with the very able Charlie Dennehy as rider/trainer.