Taking A Break

Friday, August 14, 2009

It has been quite a whirlwind of a summer, and it looks like we are just getting a short reprieve here in Kentucky. We built a “sleepover” barn for Buddy, and have been working on trails and building an electric fence and had dinner the other night at JJ's Cafe on our own Rock Lick Creek. I did a driving clinic with Sterling Graburn last weekend in Tennessee, near Shelbyville, home of the “Celebration” a ten day show for Walking Horses. They have their own beautiful arena, as big as a baseball stadium. The children from the town get off school during the 10 days the event is held, can you believe that? We practiced our preliminary dressage test, and got to show off Buddy’s “9” extended trot.

One of my favorite places to dine is JJ’s Cafe on our own Rock Lick Creek. Our grandson Logan visited JJ’s “Man Camp” for three weeks. They set up our dining area on my favorite part of the creek where I try to walk to each morning and back before sitting (too much) by the computer. It is truly a slice of heaven here. It is still hard to believe that we found this property 2 hours south of Lexington, at the right time; 127 acres for about the same price of a small condo in Wellington.

For those of you, who will travel here in 2010 for the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games, be prepared to fall in love.

Kelly Ripa was just at the Kentucky Horse Park where her daughter rode in the Pony Finals. She raved about Kentucky in her show Monday morning. “I just have to say, to everybody in Lexington, Kentucky, you are the smartest people on the planet because that is the prettiest place on earth. My gosh, it’s gorgeous!”

Next week is the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships, to be held this year at the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne Illinois. We are going up early to settle in and enjoy our surrounding before digging into work. We are getting closer to the launch of the “new” HorsesDaily. How do you like our new header, designed by none other than the brilliant Miriam Morgan of equestriangraphics.com?