Bridlebourne always has a busy December, but this year it is starting off at a gallop. Rafael, Tigers and Bears, Special Blend and Regent Square met up with Chad at the Holiday and Horses show in Wellington. Miss Paula, Mr. Jim, Alan, and Kaelya all assisted in one way or another. Special Blend got ribbons in the PreGreen division and Tigers and Bears (our first homebred to show) made his debut in the Baby Greens with a second over fences and a third undersaddle. Regent Square schooled over the courses like a champion and Rafael met his new pony “jock”, Hana Bieling.
While they were gone, I put up, I mean, I helped Alan put up, the wreaths and garlands in the barn. It really does make the barn look festive. All the horses and pups will get Christmas stockings full of treats. Yippee!
We’ve had a cold spell and that usually means I get a sympathy invitation into Miss Paula’s office. If I can control my seemingly uncontrollable urge to “mark” her chair, I might even get a second invitation. At least Alan sets up a heater in his garage for Hailey and me. When the clock strikes 4 PM and we are off work, we head straight for our heated area and don’t even try to get us to leave. We are, after all, agricultural workers and don’t get paid overtime.
We are welcoming two new friends to Bridlebourne over the next few weeks. Alexandra and Bella, who do the jumpers, and Paige and Chagall, who do the hunters. It should be a fun and exciting winter show season.
Even though I love all the treats and pretty decorations at Christmas, Snickers reminds me of the real reason that we celebrate and what an important role a barn played in the story. How the Christ child was born in a stable and was cradled in straw in order to bring God’s love to the world. I am thankful that God made the animals and let them be the first to welcome His Son.
Have a blessed Christmas from all of us at Bridlebourne.