Today in Belgium - Relaxing Before Aachen
Friday, June 26, 2009
We had a typical euro breakfast with fresh bread from the local bakery, and eggs from Raf and Astrid's chickens. I am still adjusting to the time change, staying up until 2am and waking this morning at 11am. It is so peaceful here, and beautiful. The horses that live here have an ideal life. JJ and Raf have been working building the new stalls. I suggested to Astrid that many Americans are buying young horses and foals, and keeping them in Europe. Anyone interested in discussing renting a stall her can contact Astrid -email@example.com.
Maybe I will do a little foal shopping myself!
Astrid and I are typing away on our websites while watching CNN and the news of Michael Jackson. The loss of Farah Fawcett for me personally has a deeper impact, and I plan to send a donation in her name to her foundation - Farrah Fawcett Foundation, PO Box 6478, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. We watched her documentary Farrah’s Story which gave me a new appreciation of her inner strength and the way she took charge of her destiny and the press.
photo: JJ, Raf and Astrid having breakfast outside
Her most recent statement presents an important point – “I wish the rules were revised as quickly as possible in a way that allows reasonable treatment of sport horses without risking long suspensions because the settling times change constantly with each new method of analysis and become literally “incalculable”. In addition the FN has suggested a rule where all which is done with horses be documented. It is true Isabelle did make the statement that she felt they should be able to keep such information private. However, in this case, if the treatment of her horse was documented, and then discovered in trace elements, it would have appeared not so shocking. Athletes need medical support, so where does it begin and where does it end?