January is over and I haven’t even made a New Year’s resolution yet. I don’t really need to work on self-improvement. I’m as close to perfect as I am going to get… I’m always happy and helpful, so nothing needed in those departments. My appearance is dapper and handsome. I’m as friendly as can be…what more could any dog ask for. I guess you can understand my dilemma!
We had a wonderful Christmas at Bridlebourne and now that decorations are down and stockings emptied, we have had to look for other ways to maintain our cheery countenances. We have had many reasons to smile last month, as it turns out.
First, our pony, Rafael ended the year as National Small Pony Hunter Champion and Mr. Jim and Miss Paula went to Lexington (in -7 degree weather!) to receive his award at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards Banquet. Since Raffie isn’t at the farm right now, I am taking credit for, I mean taking care of, his awards while he is gone. They sat at a table with representatives from the Chronicle of the Horse and Practical Horseman magazines, among others. I got really excited hearing that because I heard that Miss Paula mentioned my journalistic skills. I’m expecting to get a call any day now.
Second, our racehorse, Federal Exchange ran in a race at Gulfstream and was in a photo finish for second. He ended up third, but looked impressive running two turns on the turf for the first time.
Third, Regent Square showed for the first time in the Baby Green division at the Jacksonville Winter Series shows and was Champion the first week and won the hack and was Reserve Champion the third week and the hack winner. Way to go Reggie.
Fourth, Zenith Dance and Winchester were at the shows in Jacksonville and Zee won a 7-8 year old jumper class and Winchester was in the Grand Prix. It was his third Grand Prix – he had some faults, but looked good.
Your correspondent, (ahem…Chronicle and Practical Horseman… are you out there?)