Friday, January 8, 2010

Change Can Happen So Unexpectedly

The holidays came and went. I had a wonderful time through it all but I hated to be away from the boys. I always worry about them when they have to be kept inside due to the extreme weather conditions we experience here in the northwest portion of lower Michigan. I'd rather they be inside than get themselves injured when there are slippery conditions. I did turn them out the other afternoon once the freezing drizzle went away...

I rode both of the boys last night. They were fantastic! Especially Toby. He's always so forward when I haven't ridden him in a while. Hola had major wiggle butt going on but he settled down. He's ultra sensitive to your leg and weight shift. It certainly doesn't take much when you give him a correction!
After I worked them both, I had to have a family discussion with them.
"Men, there are some big changes coming up for us in 2010 and we need to discuss them. Do you remember Mr. Matt? He's the one that came out to take your pictures and played that tape of horse whinnies to get you to prick your ears... Remember?"
Heavy breathing came from their adjacent stalls.
"Well Mr. Matt asked me an important question and I said 'yes' in reply"
Heavier breathing...
"Looks like we are all going to have new last names and live in Lexington, KY by the end of the year. I'll try to find you guys a great place to hang in Kentucky and the winter weather will be so much kinder to us than Traverse City! You'll love it!"
"Toby, your grandsire, Mr. Prospector, came from Kentucky and Hola, your grandsire, Damascus did too! Both of them stood at the famous Claiborne Farm!! Lexington, Kentucky is the thoroughbred center of the world. Again, you'll love it!"
Blank looks...
Now I need to find us a good dressage trainer down there. But I have time and a plan...


  1. Congratulations! How exciting!! I've never been to KY, but really want to go to the farm that my TB Denali (Storm City Slew) was bred. Good luck with everything!!

  2. Congrats!! How exciting.

    And it's an awesome way to get out of Michigan. ;-)

  3. Congratulations! Not only wonderful news of the personal sort, but I love Lexington and am only a tiny bit jealous. Again, congrats! (and love the pcis of them in the snow, too)

  4. Congrats! I bet you and the boys will love milder winter weather!

  5. Adding my congratulations, too! Can we expect a wedding on horseback? (grin) I've only been to Lexington twice, but loved it both times. But what a time to move! Things are in a major upheaval there to get ready for the Games next year. All the residents I talked to are talking about getting out of Dodge, at least during the Games! But I'm sure Mr. Matt is on top of all that. Looking forward to reading all about everything here.

  6. Very best wishes to you and Matt. I'm sure The Boys will LOVE their new digs!! And their new "dad" too, of course.

    Personally, I think this is going to be a fantastic year for everyone. Sounds like I'm right so far. ;o)

    I think we're ALL looking forward reading about your fantastic adventures and all your plans!!


  7. Kentucky sounds a lot better than Michigan. I think you will love it.

  8. What exciting news! Congratulations!
    Love the snow photos too - gorgeous:)

  9. AWESOMEEEEEE! congratulations

    connie wittke swetzes

  10. WOW..exciting news and congrats on the engagement I assume too?! Being a fellow Michigander I can imagine the Kentucky winters will be wonderful! :)
    Best of luck!

  11. Hey Wendy. Are you still looking for a trainer in Lexington? If so, I'd like to recommend you check out Reese Koeffler-Stanfield from Maplecrest Farm in Lex. I just saw several of her sessions at Equine Affaire Ohio and loved her. I also thought of you and felt like, from what I've read here over the last year-ish, she could be a really great fit for you. She was very positive, encouraging, and knew her stuff. She focused a lot on foundation and quality, and has a lot of experience with thoroughbreds, green horses, and green riders. I loved the way she worked with the riders and the horses. I'd very much recommend checking her out. Her website is

  12. Thanks Jackie! I sent them an email...