|See, sheer exhaustion..|
It starts with a story... Once upon a time, way back when, Area 1 was an Eventing Mecca. That's right, Advanced and Intermediate Eventers could be sited everywhere... Folks came from all over the world to compete here at Groton House Farm, Over the Walls, Stuart Horse Trials and Millbrook. Our rolling hills, deep woods and hay fields raised hardy, brave and talented folk who made history. They made a path for us to follow. Area 1 was that good.
|Over the Wall's Last Advanced|
Event 2003 (Extinct)
Wherever I went, I was standing among our elite, our Olympians - Philip Dutton, Karen O'Connor, Leslie Law, Boyd Martin, Allison Springer, Buck Davidson (to name a few) and those who are beginning their ascent. And the best is quietly listening to them teach their students on how to better approach the jump, on the characteristics that make one horse perform better than another and what makes a rider better. Lesson were taught that required no money all you needed to do was listen.
|Taken with Trusty iPhone|
Why? Do we really need Upper Level Eventing here? I say YES as loud as my writing can reach. To see our kids eager to get autographs was touching. Our future stars are born in these moments... Dreams come from the moment you think... Maybe... maybe I can... maybe I will.
Our weather doesn't allow year round eventing so we may never be the mecca of our past... but maybe, just maybe we could be more...
Caitlin Calder, Jollyiat