It is said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Where, then, do you place the value of a moment of time spent on horseback? The horses have afforded our riders a sense of freedom throughout a very restricted year, whether that has been loping across a freshly groomed Gymkhana field; or a liberating trail ride down to the reservoir with a group of friends; or solitude in the early mornings at the barn when everything is peaceful; or a quiet chat with your equine friend when everything is going wrong, or going right; or being the last rider to leave the barns when horses are quietly eating and the light and dust is settling, closing out another day. You have created these and many more moments that have become your treasure and keepsake.
As I’ve watched our riders over the course of the last nine months rise to the challenges of the times, I have had a glimpse of the genuine goodness, stewardship, loyalty, and friendship that has graced the barns this year. I am so deeply grateful for each and every horse and rider and so proud of the “moments” that have made up this year.
Congratulations ninth-grade and upper riders on a job well done.