I got home from Bromont and quickly flew to Kentucky to teach a clinic in Louisville. It’s always so fun to teach the people there and this year Austin and Janie Musselman, who own Duke of Diamond (Dyson) put on a really nice dinner party for me. It was so sweet of them, I feel like I have a second home with really nice people that I can be proud to call my friends.
I got home to start woking on the Surefire Horse Trials and I just have to say I’m so thankful to all the volunteers and crew that helped us out. This year’s event was really well-attended, the footing was amazing, and we had a new addition to our group in Gill Lucas. She did a great job with the trade fair and helping us with the the sponsorship details. As always, the event could not run without Christy Stauffer and Tom Finnen—they are the backbone of the horse trials! Not to mention Christy’s right-hand woman Lisa Welsh and our ever-supportive crew that helps us year after year: delicious food thanks to Nanky Doubleday, who supplies all the judges’ lunches and caters lunches and dinners for everyone who helps; my amazing parents—Dad is Safety Officer, my Mom does every job under the sun, and they both make sure everyone gets fed at night; Po Tatham, who every year has done the flowers with various helpers and also runs the snack cart to make sure that helpers are well-hydrated and have everything they need; Kaitlin Calder, who came back again for the whole week to run set-up, take-down and a lot else; Course Builders Josh Sylce, and Trav and Graham Schick; Course Designer Tremaine Cooper; the amazing Kendall Church and Pat Palmer who run scoring; Heather Novak, who does the show jumping in-gate; Bill and Susie at the start and finish; Secretary Mary Coldron; and of course, Announcer Brian O’Connor. I’m feeling like I might be forgetting people, the list goes on and on!
We were so proud to support the Stroke Comeback Center this year, and we'll support them with our Fall event, and hopefully for years to come. They have made such a big difference in my life.
It was fun to have a great group of Intermediate horses competing for the $10,000 Airowear Challenge, which was won by Marilyn Little. She and Lauren Kieffer were tied for first place going into cross-country, but Lauren had one second of time so Marilyn won.
Thank you so much to all our sponsors! We’re already planning for the fall; as much as time flies by these days, it will be here before we know it.