|Winning Valinor Horse Trials|
photo by Emily Gilbert
There are stories from Groton House Farm Horse Trials that may never get told for it truly was an Epic weekend. With the owners permission, I'm adding one story.
Classy needed a ride and I had a space and Sugar loves company. Now she and her owner are solid eventers and often (if not all the time) are in the ribbons... the wicked pretty colors too. They have qualified for the Novice Championships and the AECS. It was the perfect fit.
If you could take a moment and plan your Event, then think about all of the things that can go wrong and fix them before they happen, I am sure this was not one of them. Shortly after entering the grounds to stabling and getting our stall locations, Classy went down in the trailer and became trapped, wedged in the stall with her hind legs bloodied and dangerously placed.
Within minutes, real horse folks... brave men and women worked tirelessly to extract her safely while others quietly removed Sugar from danger. I am going to emphasize the bravery and be grateful that no one was injured as they quickly and efficiently moved around her prone body and hooves to dismantle the trailer. It was truly one of the scariest things... horse and people pitched precariously near disaster. I held her head still while her owner stood nearby comforting her... until her thrashing threw me into the sides of the trailer.
Ok... this post is about kindness yet again... a repetitive theme... Is it the community of Eventers or the world in which I choose to live? Or both?
I got an email today... an update (for I still worry about her stardom)...
Classy is coming along fine, though slower than hoped for. One last healing area is nasty but making progress. She otherwise is wondering why we aren't out galloping but is happy for all the carrots. You know that the outcome of the Area 1 champs and the AECs are not going to count because neither one of us will be there to contest them!
I thought you would be insulted if I tried to pay you, so I am adding the full amount in to my donation to the horse ambulance and make it in honor of Fame and Frolic and Class Act. I hope that you will never need their services!
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She was right on all counts... and to include Fame and Frolic (aka Sugar) in her donation is truly a Class Act!
I am filled with tears of gratitude for all the good folk out there! Life is, indeed, good!