We will start with last Saturday the Thoroughbreds For All event at Fair Hill....Tesla came down and we loaded up the trailer and made our way to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland...We had Ann Jamieson's horse Leo on board along with Cin's horse Arctiz (as featured on The Thoroughbred Chronicles). Both boys were so well behaved and despite Leo's plain brown wrapper and Arkie's green ness both were quick favorites with lines to try each. It was an amazing experience and a great, great time. We really hope to participate again in future events. Fair Hill is a beautiful facility and everyone there was so kind and gracious!
Tesla and I both got to participate in a "clinic" on how to be an exercise rider, basically on each of the OTTB's we brought. There was a ton of useful information and definitely helped make connections of why some stuff plain works off the track and other stuff just doesn't. It was fun to see each of the horses reactions to the short stirrups and bridged reins as we all went for a breeze around the arena....that was more fun than I can even begin to tell you!! Five o'clock rolled around and we were off to Dover Saddlery (I have never been!!!) and then at 6:45 we made the long trip back home....
Next day I was then off to Troy to judge a small horse show for a friend of mine. I met a bunch of people, horses and again everyone was super great. I even got to see Stevie's brother and his new owner. It was neat to see the similarities and differences...she definitely got the bigger orangutan, as Steve is quite a bit braver, but I think only a high jump could separate who's more athletic ;)
So then came Sandy.....we actually did not get hit bad, did not lose power and have gotten more rain during the summer storms we had. Whew, that was a relief as I had troughs of water filled in my empty stalls just in case!!!!
This week has gotten even busier with the publicity we got from the two horses at Fair Hill, now everyone wants to try them out. We have people coming today and Saturday so far, but that is after nonstop emails and phone calls since Monday......
So Boston, you might ask? Well Suffolk Downs ended it's meet yesterday, so I am off to go see what's left before trainers head on down to Florida. There is also another horse I am going to look at, an OTTB that has been in a lesson program for some time and is now starting to be not as useful to them, we will see what sorts of "problems" he's got and keep an eye out for new prospects but it's very possible we will be welcoming more horses to the farm in the near future.
Until I get another five minutes to blog, adios!