Yesterday I had a really bad day of post World Championship Horse Show blues. I wandered around the house with organ music playing in my head asking myself, “where are the horses, why am I walking on wood floors instead of shavings (green or otherwise), why are fresh fruits and vegetables in my universe, why am I not back at the barn with my barn family?”… I know that you know what I am talking about, because if you were at the show, you had the same re-entry back to your normal world that I did.
So I did what any self respecting horse show junkie would do. I edited the pictures that my friend Steve Chesler took at the show and posted them on Facebook, dutifully tagging my FB friends involved with the shots and captioning most of them. After I looked at the photos a hundred or so times, I scoured the popular media site for any and all things Saddlebred and more specifically, WCHS saddlebred, when my friend, Lili McCutchan, alerted me to a great story that pulled me out of my doldrums.
Friends of Lili’s from her time living out west, The Coopers, came to the WCHS for 8 year old Finn Cooper to participate in the 8 year old equitation class at the show. This was the Coopers’ first trip to Louisville for the Big Dance and they were appropriately dazzled. Liesel and Finn drank in each and every class that didn’t conflict with Finn’s first visit to the green shavings, (where she earned 6th place, by the way). The Coopers also came to the Brunch / Silent Auction to benefit Saddlebred Rescue and Finn is now the proud owner of The Breast Cancer Halter, A Show Ribbon Pillow and a Show Ribbon Purse. They really gave us a lot of support. But it gets better.
Unfortunately the Coopers couldn’t stay for the Saturday night show and flew back west. As only an 8 year can be, Finn was ready to keep going on Sunday. Cross country flights, showing at Louisville and going full tilt at the Kentucky State Fair didn’t phase her a bit. So needing something to do, Finn decided to operate a lemonade stand. See the picture below and look closely at the graphics.
That’s right, 8 year old Finn Cooper took it upon herself to raise money for Saddlebred Rescue. This 8 year old has made me smile from ear to ear and feel a bit guilty for not doing more. If Finn can sell lemonade for Saddlebred Rescue, surely I can do something more. We are going to hear great things from Finn Cooper I am certain.
One last thing, I am meeting with Nancy Trent Crump and Maryta Montgomery tomorrow for a wrap up. Afterwards, I can give you some information regarding the auction’s success.
OMG, I can’t believe that the brunch and silent auction to benefit Saddlebred Rescue is 11 hours away. It is such an honor to be a part of such a meaningful event. More than that, I am humbled by the fact that we are able to save horses from slaughter and re-purpose them to productive lives.
BTW, that we in the prior sentence is all inclusive. It includes not only Nealia McCracken, Pat Johnson and the rest of the leaders of the group, it includes you and I, the vets who help us, the farriers who know how to help us, the volunteers who do thankless and backbreaking work to help us. All on behalf of Saddlebred Rescue.
Tomorrow when you come to the brunch, please find me and say hello. I love putting a face with a name. Also, I will be wearing a white dress with blue flowers with yellow centers.
Hi Everyone, I am sorry to break my commitment of posting twice a day during Louisville. Can you say naive? This is my absolute favorite week of the year and has been since,……. well since the first time I came in the early 90’s. The vibe is incredible and it is only matched by the horses.
Here’s the best part for me. Tomorrow, I will have my first horse ever showing on the green shavings. The anticipation is wonderful, scary, long. Oh well. Gotta go.
Stop me if you see me at the KY Expo Center and we’ll meet in person.
I’ll see you at the brunch.
I found out the hard way that the link to purchase tickets for the brunch was not doing what it was supposed to be doing so I had to get it fixed. Guess what?……. It’s working now. So you can buy a ticket to the brunch and silent auction either by clicking on the “BRUNCH TIX” button on the right or clicking here: TIX.
Above is a picture of the vacation home in St. Lucia that you can bid on to have a week’s vacation. Below are a few pics of auction items available at the brunch that I thought you would really like . They are so cool that I just wanted to repost them.