Life Happens


CottonBlossom&Foal.bmpGreetings, 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! 



  • SueCoo2 says:

    Hi Visionaire,

    I live here in Houston and though I am sure you and hubby will be busy with the gamess and all if you get a chance please ring me! My cell is (713) 540-8223. And if you need a horsey fix, well I can handle that too and take you to meet the infamous Cheeky Kikki!

    I never really thanked you properly for your LLR profile on us, and I’d just like you to know that I think it was an integral part of why I won the Worth The Trust Scholarship this year. So THANK YOU!

    If there is anything I can do to make you and your husband’s stay here in the Big H of the Lone Star State, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    With Great Fondness, Susan & Kikki

  • Visionaire says:

    Susan– Congrats on the WTT Scholarship! That’s awesome!

    I’ll definitely contact you about things to do in Houston. Have any good restaurant suggestions? We’re staying at the Marriot near Reliant Stadium. Thanks for the warm welcome back!

  • Sarah says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re back! I’ve really missed your posts, especially Sunday Jog-up. Have fun at the final four – you Cat fans are nuts!

  • 434 says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAY. Welcome back Vis! That is all.

  • clb says:

    We. Missed. You.

  • Mich says:

    Congratulations on your great changes! WELCOME BACK! I am curious to hear what you will be doing for EN.n What ever it is, it’ll be the best.

  • Cindy Wood says:

    Go UK, alumini from 1983 (Yikes) and still have friends out there in Lexington!!

  • Britt says:

    At least he was smart enough to take your name ;)

  • SueCoo2 says:

    Ok, well first thing to know about Houston is its BIG! Everything is spread out, but we have some of the best places to eat in the country! Depending on your taste in food, for breakfast there is here: its awesome, fried chicken and waffles, and anything else you could desire.

    Where you are staying right off the loop which is called 610. You’re not far from West University and they have lots of nice places (reasonable too, but some not so much) there too. If you just give me a ring, I’ll be more than happy to point you guys to exactly whatever you have a taste for. There is just SO MUCH here, I really don’t know where to begin. I’d need to know your taste preferences and then I can go from there.

    Hopefully, given time I’ll get a chance to meet you guys and get a pic with you & the hubby! This is a great town (so much better than Dallas! Ok, Dallasites settle down, I’m biased just like ya’ll are)! :-)

    I just really want to make sure you have aGREAT time here, so CALL ME!!

    xo – SueCoo & Cheeky Kikki!

  • SueCoo2 says:

    Ohh, one more thing, one of my clients owns the fab TexMex joint (chain) called Berryhills Baja Grill (Hot Tamales) (they have other stuff too),but I can definitely get you over there and if you aren’t too busy watching basketball, he and my boss have polo teams and our season is about to begin, so you’d be more than welcome to join us at the Club.

    Can you tell I’m excited about you being here?

  • Visionaire says:

    Thanks so much for the suggestions Sue! I’ll definitely give you a call on the ride down, or shortly after we arrive. Can’t wait to be there, and escape the cold wet weather we’ve been having…looking forward to 80s!

  • SueCoo2 says:

    Sweet! :-) Its GORGEOUS this weekend, you’ll have a blast!

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