It has been an amazing couple of weeks. First off, Harriet came to spend the weekend, first time she’s been to our house, mainly so we could attend the Rolex Central Park Horse Show‘s dressage semi finals on Friday Sept. 24. This date may stick in your mind as it was the same day as the meeting of the UN General Assembly and a visit by Pope Francis all in the same general area as the horse show. We were mightily worried about ever getting in or out of the City on that auspicious day of Papal, Political and expensive horse flesh extravaganza convergence, but we took mass transit and got to and from just fine.
The weather was just perfect and we had a grand time.
In addition to viewing horses and riders we did a little of our own in a very big way: We rode Clydesdale horses at Willow Grove Farm in Longvalley, NJ. I rode Cade, my second time on him. A 7 year old gelding, 19.1 hands and still growing! Needed a 5 step mounting block to get on him but he is gentle and somewhat well behaved even though he doesn’t like to pick up his canter in a timely manner. Harriet rode Molly, a spirited 5 year old mare who liked to race which put a damper on our visions of long controlled canters on the cinder bike path. But we had a ball!
What could equal such a grand weekend? Why, how about a visit by friends Christine and Harry McLaren, their Arabian Extreme and his Victorian driving cart to lead the children’s race on the grounds of Thomas Edison’s home Glenmont as part of the Llewellyn Park 5K footrace on Sunday October 4? Harry and Chris keep their horse where Buddy and Missy winter, at Hunters Little Farm in Frankford, NJ. Chris competes Extreme in driving competitions all over our area and as far as Virginia. They are pretty good at it too, top 10 finishers in a couple of finals, very impressive.
Harry and Chris brought Extreme to spend the day, and after dressing him and ourselves up we headed off to the lawn of Glenmont to cheer in the adult finishers and lead the children’s race. It was great fun! Everyone got a mimosa after the festivities and we all repaired to the lovely home of race organizer Julie Song for a wonderful brunch. Extreme stayed at our house and had a nice horsie visit with Buddy and Missy who seemed a little perplexed to find themselves together and not at Hunters Little Farm!
Oh what a wonderful life I have full of amazing things to do with incredible friends. I am very blessed indeed!