It’s almost over, 2010, the year we had all been waiting for, aiming for, and the year we made it through! Almost everyone we know is going through the end of the year work, fulfilling obligations, creating new ones for 2011, and celebrating (when we have time) the holidays. I for one am grateful for the snowstorm which slowed things down and in some cases brought plans to a grinding halt. Except for some Christmas presents ordered late which did not make it in time, our decision to stick close to our Kentucky home this year proved a good one. Our three Florida grandkids came to visit, and prayed for snow during Christmas Eve services. We walked out of church and drove home in a blizzard which lasted two days.
Have you noticed when it is over (the holidays) it’s over? The tree and lights will come down tomorrow, and I must admit I have “shipping fever”. The snow was pretty, but I am over it, and getting excited about getting down to Florida, getting the camera out, ponies settled, and off to the shows to see everybody. It’s a Pan American Games selection year, which brings news faces to Florida and California, our South and Central American friends, and Canadians hoping to qualify to compete in Mexico this October.
This is the time of year we are bombarded with awards recognizing so many who have accomplished so much. Our Reining Team was once again golden, the NASCAR boys of equestrian sport. Anyone whoever thinks they might end up in a press conference needs to watch these guys in action. They show up at all the sponsored parties and remember to say thank you, over and over. They mention their sponsors, and have great ones. And they are always entertaining. When asked by one of the euro press about the portly physique of several of the team members, Gold Medalist Tim McCutcheon explained dryly “When we come to a heavyweight event we make sure we bring the heavyweights.” No wonder we love cowboys!
Then there is Mr. Class Act, Dressage Champion Steffen Peters and Ravel who won double bronze at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. He was not afraid to explain the emotion he felt when finally making it to the podium for USA Dressage. While they did not stand on the podium this year, the US Dressage Team guided at the ninth hour by genius Anne Gribbons and the USEF support staff Eva Salomon and Jenny Van Wieren placed fourth with a three new team members, saving the USEF the expense and stress of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games.
On a personal note, we have survived injury and heartache. I will be forever changed surviving a serious ATV accident June 26. I am so grateful for my life and that I healed. I hope to be able to translate it into doing good through our work with the Equestrian Aid Foundation and the United States Para Equestrian Association in 2011. Our Tracey, the woman who manages our lives, the Florida office, and our insurance business lost her Mom on Christmas Day after a long and brave battle with cancer. Tracey, Penny, Liz, JJ, Skye and the rest of our extended company/family kept things moving without skipping a beat.
We continue to be inspired by Dressage Olympian Courtney King Dye, who came back to us after a brain injury in March. Our own Father Larry David McCormack for once was in Florida the week of her accident, and people came from all over to the Palm Beach Dressage Derby to join him in prayer for her recovery. Courtney was one of the first phone calls I got while I was in the hospital for three weeks in July, rooting me on, sending me e-mails. Courtney’s survival and road to recovery has saved lives by raising the awareness for safety and helmets.
We are also grateful to all our readers, friends, advertisers, horsemarket clients and fans. Look for lots of exciting improvements, coverage, and advancements in technology as we continue our commitment to all of you in 2011.
Happy New Year.