For some reason, the title is as far as we got yesterday at Dulles International Airport – don’t ask, cuz we haven’t the foggiest clue. We couldn’t type once we keyed in the title, it was a bit strange. It’s been a strange few weeks – almost surreal
Chilli Morning was cool as you-know-what when he and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) absolutely aced the dressage test to earn 33.3 penalty points, thereby commanding first place on the leaderboard. This is not a surprise if you have seen William Fox-Pitt in action, and also he has won two Rolexes – 2010 & 2012.
PREQUEL: Today we arrived about when dressage started – Beth Harpham was out there shooting which is such a huge help, you simply can’t imagine - and honestly, we felt it was imperative to publish the post we had started on MONDAY night whilst packing for the drive to Kentucky, which turned into a very long and exhausting road trip – after being up all night getting ready to meet our ride on time, waiting 90 minutes longer than anticipated and then a breakdown just over the line in W VA – God bless those fellows, especially automotive guru Zane, at the garage in Lewisburg just off the I-64 exit, because they made that four-hour delay worth every moment by determining what went wrong with the car etc etc, getting the car’s owner to the nearby airport’s car rental agencies, etc – which made for an extremely draining Monday and Tuesday, especially on no sleep. By the time we arrived at our hotel, we were exhausted, famished and ready for a resuscitating glass of wine with dinner
Okay, we know – we’ve been AWOL, so to speak, since the Warrenton Horse Show & Warrenton Hunt Night, but it’s been wickedly crazy and now, in the aftermath of frankenstorm Sandy, we have power back in record time and we spent a few minutes catching up on what’s happening out in the world… One thing we never thought we’d see is a piece of fiction (well, truth is always stranger than fiction) on Eventing Nation, but that’s exactly what you will read when you click into Eventing Nation’s Visionaire: Happy Halloween: A Ghost Story – highly recommended reading! This tale called “Charlie Feathers” by Shelby Weeks packed a lot into a short story, and it’s all positive – about how spirits can continue to do “good” from the other side of the rainbow bridge… Kudos to Visionaire for running this piece in their Eventing Nation post! By the way, we sure would love to know more about Shelby Weeks who has written other pieces of short fiction, but we can’t find a website or even a bibliography (in a hurry as usual, deadlines, of course). So, if y’all have any info on the writer Shelby Weeks, please send it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Hallowe’en & blessings to everyone in the aftermath of the Sandy storm! We managed to get in a few days chasing around the countryside with a lovely pack of Thornton Hill Hounds and even one day out with Old Dominion Hounds (not this photo). This image is from the Thornton Hill meet before a Sunday cubhunt in September with good friends (l-r) Brandy McDonald of The Fine Equine: polo pro Martin Maldonado of Polo at Blue Rock; yours truly (we really must find our hairnet, buy new one or, preferably, cut our curly locks!), and Kim Love of Polo at Blue Rock.
We love Warrenton Horse Show – if that sounds like a broken record, tough oats. Warrenton is all about the horses, but it’s also about the people who make the show both exhibitor and spectator friendly