A bonus is that I got selected for the training list with J.R.! I don’t have to be on a list to know how I feel about my horse and myself, but it always helps to have your thoughts confirmed. I am also incredibly thankful for the opportunities that being selected provides. I think the thing I’m most proud of, though, is that two of my current riders, Meghan O’Donoghue and Kendyl Tracy, as well as Mya Black (who rode with and worked for me a couple years ago and is listed with two horses) made the Developing Riders list. They are all awesome riders and I find it difficult to express how proud of them I am and how much it means to them and to me. I think being selected, and especially making the Developing Riders, does a lot to boost your thought processes, your need to be better, and your education. My text from Kendyl said it all—she’s normally not really emotional, just quiet and does her own thing—and I could tell she was thrilled and so proud to be named: “I don’t know if you’ve seen it or not, they just posted the developing riders list on EN. Both Meghan and I made it!!! Thank you so much for all your help.”
Meghan works for me full-time and Kendyl is in school at George Mason and will travel to training sessions. I’ll be doing the sessions in Aiken; I don’t have schedule yet but we’re required to be at the USEA annual meeting to meet with the USOC and have a fitness test done, which is required before you’re eligible for grant money. We’re also required to call Mark Phillips and tell him our plans for spring. Hopefully I’ll have JR and Syd at Rolex. I plan on going to both Pine Tops, Southern Pines, The Fork and then Kentucky. But as we know, best laid plans… so right after Thanksgiving I’m going to Hawaii with my family and Tom like we do every year and I’m going to enjoy that. I’ll write again after the annual meeting with more news. Happy Thanksgiving!