Reflections on 2010 - Happy New Year
Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted by bossmare
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!
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 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.