Greetings, friends, it’s been far too long since I last blessed this dear blog with my presence. I doubt you’ve missed me though…John has been doing an exceptional job (as always) and the content has continued to improve. Still, I’ve missed my rambling writings, and hope to be back on a more regular basis!
Sorry for the absence, but you know life just sometimes gets in the way. In the past 7 months, I’ve gotten married, moved once, and then back again, started a new job (a “promotion” of sorts) and gone to a whole lot of Kentucky basketball games (life ain’t all bad, is it?!). I’ve survived the most brutal Kentucky winter anyone can remember, and just starting to get ready to compete again (though the “real job” makes it difficult). I’ve been in the far reaches of eventing’s Outer Loop and trying to work my way back into orbit. It’s tough!
For one thing, I have a lot of responsibility on my plate. I’ve managed horses for most of my life, some pretty nice horses too. I’m quite comfortable caring for the best of upper level eventers; and now I’ve been around the TB business for three or four years. But let me tell you, it’s very different when you have about $7M worth of Thoroughbreds to check over every day. Right now is the busiest time of breeding season, full of hope, promise, and lots of calls to the repro vets (I just checked my phone– I have 16 vets saved in my address book). Which leads to calls to the breeding sheds, calls to the van company, and follow-ups with owners. Kind of like an event organizer, actually– it’s all great when things go to plan, but the real job is handling the unexpected and keeping everybody happy. Oh, and a lot of boring, but necessary, paperwork.
It’s exciting, being around such classy horses, and among these connections. But it has limited time with my own horse; for the first time in ten years, I don’t get to see my horse all day at work. For the first time in ten years, I have to “commute” to the barn to ride after work each day. Man, it sucks. All you ammies out there– I feel ya pain, y’all!
And so, I’m gradually settling in to this new life. Things are evening out; it’s always rough in transition, but my life should soon get back in balance (with a regular dose of EN writing). One thing’s for sure, I’ll have a bit more free time when basketball season ends this weekend. Mr. Visionaire has scored Final Four tickets and a trip to Houston…I guess I’ll have to force myself to go and keep him company. Married life has its perks!