|Owen, the First|
So begins my Fairy tale...
Dear Santa... I want a pony! Dear God... help me find a way to have a horse! Hi Barn Owner, I will do work in exchange for riding! Dear Santa... all I want for Christmas is a horse! Simple, simple, simple... all I want for Christmas is a horse.
You see, all you Harry Potter fans will get it when I tell you that horses to my parents were like magic to the Dursleys. And being one of eight kids in a poor family, it was never really going to happen. I could beg, plead to all of the Saints (including St Nick) and God himself, it was never going to be. So, it was my dream, my lifelong goal... Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a horse...
|Fame & Frolic, |
Stephie Baer, rider
This week Sugar (aka Fame and Frolic) and I celebrate our 7 year anniversary. And what a ride its been... She was not the first. Owen was the first... a big, young, blood bay Irish Sport Horse. I bought him in February 2004 and had to euthanize him that August. It was a short amazing love story. He showed me what it was I really loved and I was strong enough to let him go with dignity and grace. It was the hardest thing I've ever done and for a long time, I thought the tears would never stop.
When I walked into Sugar's barn 7 years ago... it was love at first sight. (OK, the half blue eye was disturbing until my trainer kicked me and told me to get over it!) I sat in the saddle and I knew she was mine... "She fits perfectly!" And I think Sug chose me too. She was an absolute angel in our test rides.
I'll never forget the night she came to the barn. It was late on December 10th - cold and snowing - There she stood at the top of the ramp, her white coat brilliant in the lamp light. She shivered... was it the chill, fear of the steep decline? Then, with soft encouragement she walked down the ramp and into the barn. I stood with her, stroking her neck as she calmed down and leaned into my touch. I was in love... my dream come true...
|Our very first show 7/2005|
You know, I work hard and I do love a good ribbon... I will not deny that! My dreams are fulfilled every moment I take and thank God for this gift called Sugar.
And, yeah... we are a married couple and yes, sometimes I want her to take out the trash now and she wants to watch TV... our marital issues are small and with good counselors, we always work it out and get better and better.
Happy Anniversary Sugar!