Besides turkey, Thanksgiving gives us a time to reflect of the things in our lives we are thankful for. It's often words of appreciation, which are all that is needed to make a difference.
So we want to take a brief moment to thank all who have contributed to the richness in our lives. For all the show organizers, we have worked with on the PhelpsPhoto® Tour, we thank you for creating a venue for us all to enjoy, and benefit from. The management of the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, worked endlessly to assure the amazing venues they provided were safe, yet spectacular. The world of the international press crew filled a huge center, and their dedication, talent and camaraderie, inspired each other to bring the imagery of the greatest horses and riders in the world, to the world. The equestrian world is very lucky indeed to have such a devoted and hard working corps of people dedicated to documenting its' accomplishments.
We are thankful for Astrid Appels, Mary Hilton, Amber Heintzberger, Diana Derosa, Charlene Strickland, and Karen Robinson for their reporting talents, creating the words for our photos. In the month of September there were over 250,000 pages read on our websites. A special thanks to our readers, the people who come daily, and spread the word. To those who see us at shows or send e-mails of appreciation, it means a lot.
To those we work the closest with here in our office, Tracey and Penny, we are greatful for all that they do. They manage our lives, no matter where we are in the world. We always hear words of praise for their friendly and efficient manner. We must mention again, Astrid Appels. While she lives across the ocean in Belgium, our collaborator, of eurodressage.com, is but a mere e-mail away. In spite of beginning her doctorate studies, she is there, to help us grow, and maintain the quality we strive for, and to clue us in the euro news of the week.
But mostly, we all need to be thankful for our common bond, the horse. It is this magnifient creature that creates a life for us, careers, and experiences we would never know.
As we head out on this holiday weekend to attend the National Horse Show, in Wellington, Florida - we are beginning a new tradition. After over a century of old tradition, being held in New York City, at Madison Square Garden, the times have changed, and our sport has evolved.
In Wellington, new traditions will begin, in a horse friendlier environment, creating a venue, which will allow the best of the best to perform at the highest level. With the top-level management team of Stadium Jumping Inc, and the marketing and promotional expertise of Mason Phelps and his staff, the 119th National Horse Show has begun new traditions of excellence. Because in the end, it is all about the horse, and determining the Champions of the year. What better way than to begin new traditions during a week when America reflects on all we have to be thankful for.
Mary (Phelps) and James J. Hathaway