As I begin to write this it is 2:20 Sunday morning. Everybody else is packing. I’m writing. Shetland Congress is over. Another one in the books. My family won 11 National Championships, including a win in Classic Roadster Stakes Under. We also won 10 Reserve National Championships, including reserves in Classic Roadster Stakes Over and […]
A couple of things … For the second time in the history of my life, my wife Mary kicked my ass in an Amateur Roadster class at a national show. In 2012, she beat me with Sophie at AMHR Nationals, winning the national championship while I finished second with Zeb. Last night, at Shetland Congress, […]
A water pipe burst near our stalls at Shetland Congress. It burst right above a horse named Water Boy. How’s that for irony? You know what else was irony? The water that cascaded on poor Water Boy was loaded with iron. We’re talking about a different kind of irony now. All irony and irony water […]
My family is fortunate to own several versatile horses, and none is more versatile than Zeb. Zeb is a rock star. Shetland Congress began Tuesday and in two days he has won five national championships. He won in Youth Jumper with Spencer, age 13. He won in Obstacle with Samantha, age 20. He won two […]
Dateline Des Moines. It was a good day at Shetland Congress yesterday, and I’m not even talking about all the national titles my family won. It’s the little things that matter, that I’ll remember. Things like watching 9-year-old Shane try riding his bike up a mountain of manure shoved in a corner of the barn […]
There’s a lot of drivel on Facebook. I don’t care what anyone ate for breakfast or that somebody is at Tires Plus having their tires rotated. There’s also interesting stuff on Facebook. I’m drawn in by the real-life soap operas, by the people who willingly, maybe compulsively, share their lives, their loves, their breakups, all […]
We had a baby. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I did not impregnate Mary again. It is a baby horse, a very miniature Miniature filly. Those little things are amazing. Unlike us humans, they’re walking within moments of being born. Of course, they’ve got a leg up on us. Actually, two legs. It’s got […]
When I was a kid, I would get excited by snow days and holidays. Every kid wants a day off from school, and snow days were good for that, as well as holidays. And on some holidays, like Christmas, you got presents and on others, like Easter, you got candy. As I got older, I […]
Today is not a day for reading. Or ’ritin’ or ’rithmetic. It is a day for relaxing. It is a day for barbecues, boating, hanging out with friends and relatives, fireworks. So, with that in mind, today’s blog post will be short, sweet. Enjoy the freedom this day is all about. Happy Fourth of July!
Someone complained the other day about me linking one of my blog posts to a Facebook page related to Miniature horses and Shetland ponies. The blog post was about a friend who is a quadriplegic and participated in her first horse show since her life-altering accident about 30 years ago. The complainer accused me of […]
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