I think is goes without saying that 2020 has been a difficult year, for everyone. However, instead of reflecting on the difficult parts, I want to remember and embrace all the amazing things that did happen this year. First of all, Carol Mavrakis and I welcomed my new partner into my barn. Coming all the way from Argentina, Jos Bravio, has won my heart and filled a few holes that where there. My amazing show jumping coach, Mariano Bedoya, flew me down to South America to help me find this incredible little horse, which to say the least, is absolutely my “type”. He is a little powerhouse and is all things I look for in a horse. The silver lining to having the season all wonky at the beginning of the year was I got to have uninterrupted time to develop my partnership with Bravio. When we finally went to our first show in July, I had a better feel as to what I expected from him, as well as him from me. Fast forward, we ended the year competing at the FEI event held at Tryon in November, finishing in 6th place. This is definitely a horse for the future and I look forward to our journey together.
Another great thing that happened this year is one of my amazing clients, Amber Houston, purchased Film Shot, aka Finn, for her daughter, Kylie. I knew this horse would find his person, it just took longer than I had anticipated but the wait was well worth it. Kylie and Finn are a perfect match and I am so excited to watch them do amazing things next year. I am thrilled to get to help them achieve all their goals and dreams!
It is with a heavy heart that I report I lost my beloved Bellissima in May of this year and then lost my little mare, Vera in July. Both losses were absolutely gut-wrenching but I know they are pain-free and running in greener pastures.
Looking into 2021…..Things are still not normal, or perhaps they are the new normal, who knows. I am diligently working on my show schedule and will post as soon as I have it solidified.