We migrate south right after first of year like a lot of eventers, but first I’d planned a vacation with family. Right before I went away for Christmas I unexpectedly found myself without help in the barn, so I had to make some last-minute changes; who would ride my horses and pack for Aiken while I was gone? It was a bit of a big debacle, but my New Years resolution was to not to stress over and get to upset about small things, so this was a good test of that! People who know me know that I get my hackles up when things go wrong, but I feel it’s always good to try to improve yourself and be a better person, and that was my goal for 2014.
Tom and I arrived in Aiken Saturday afternoon and met up with Maya Black, who had come back to work for me, and her dad. It’s such a great pleasure to have Maya in the barn. She’s an amazing rider, a really good teacher and just a nice person. If I’m lucky and keep my resolution I might get closer to being as kind as she is.
We all moved into the barn on Sunday and were ready for the horses to arrive Sunday night. It was probably the easiest move-in ever and the Newbridge management was great about getting the barn ready for us. They also had a big surprise for me, a new ring built by Joe Watkins from Longwood Farm South with beautiful GGT footing.