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As I sit here writing this blog I am watching the snowflakes whirl around wishing I was home to enjoy the first snow at our new facility. But, instead I'm enjoying the sun like rays of the LED lights and a comfortable 65% of this beautiful place called the World Equestrian Center. Nostalgia is setting in, another year almost gone by and whilst sitting here videoing all week, I've been reflecting all the 2017 events that have brought us to the here and now. Gratefulness comes to mind.
Gratefulness: feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful: I'm very grateful to you for all your help.• archaic received or experienced with gratitude; welcome: enjoying the grateful shade.
Grateful for our new home which as most of you are aware was a HUGE undertaking and accomplishment. Grateful to those of you who have endured this undertaking, supporting Sport Horse through it's instruction with lessons, clinics and horse shows and accepting your riding accomplishments and failures with grace and personal responsibility as part of the enjoyment of this equestrian journey we all share. A great quote of a good friend comes to mind: "Some people make excuses, other people make progress. You get to choose."
Grateful doesn't begin to describe the feelings Brian and I share for the horses we have in our current care, we are lucky indeed! Playboy coming back to us appears to be a true testament to Brian's teachings, training and care. Watching the videos I've managed to capture of him this week needs no commentary, no explanation, the expression of this amazing horse speaks volumes! Congrats to our team representing Sport Horse at WEC this week, all rounds were rewarding to watch. Some were rewarded with ribbons and some are still a work in progress. "All progress begins with the truth." Dan Sullivan
A special congrats to Aila & Playboy on their win of the NHS 3'3" Medal and their second placing of the THIS 3' Children's Medal. So without further ado, enjoy:
So much to be grateful for! Wishing all our fellow horseman a wonderful holiday and safe travels!
True security in life comes not from the things we have as much as from the things we choose to do without... Og Mandino
The signs have been posted about the closing of Main Street (also known as East 650 South) just north and south of the Sport Horse entrance. Upon further investigation I found the following link describing the details, please plan accordingly.
Josie left us earlier today, dying peacefully in her favorite arms. We hope she's been reunited with her sister, Chichi, in greener pastures, frolicking and chasing cats!
August 12 2000-October 31 2017
What a phenomenal two weeks of WEC it's been! Thank you Mother Nature for sending us your best 70 degree sunny days and all of the Sport Horse Team for a good time. Congratulations to Erin and Rio, their first debut in the Jumpers and despite some technical difficulties Erin managed to hold it together!
Congrats to Rocko for his Reserve Champion in the Non-Thoroughbred Hunters and his win in the Children's Equitation 3' with Hannah. A HUGE congrats to Aila and Playboy, with their combined score of 154 and out of a field of 13 competitor, they managed to secure the blue ribbon in the Children's Hunter 3' Classic! What an amazing feat for a rider who was at the end of a lunge line as a beginner in May of 2015! And lastly, thank you Brian for your continued guidance and all of Team Sport Horse for their continued support!
And without much further delay, please enjoy the visuals we managed to capture below...
If there are two different shows listed on the same weekend we are prepared to go to either, please let us know your preference!
FINALLY, the videos are downloaded, results are posted and it's time to share the news with everyone! With only five horses present at the sold out finals this year, the SHi team managed to walk away with 4 Champion and 1 Reserve Champion in their respective divisions! Thanks to the entire team for all their hard work and efforts! A big congrats to Aila on her 3rd placing in the Mini-Children's Medal Final held on Sunday, GREAT JOB! Below are the videos we managed to capture, at least one round of all of our team. Enjoy!
With the recent break of temperatures we might actually be able to squeeze in some much needed outside time, not to mention spring just isn't that far away... Enjoy the ride!
Well, the secret is apparently out that the WEC in Wilmington OH is the place to be this winter. Stalls are sold out through the end of February so we are revising our show schedule to include the following weeks:
February 22-26, March 1-5, March 8-12, March 15-19, March 22-26 and March 29-April 2
If anyone is intending to show any of these weeks and would like to be included in the stall counts, you need to LET US KNOW NOW before they're gone again!
Happy showing y'all!