"Stuff is eaten by dogs, broken by family and friends, sanded down by the wind, frozen by the mountains, lost by the prairie, burnt off by the sun, washed away by the rain. So you are left with dogs, family, friends, sun, rain, wind, prairie and mountains. What more do you want?"
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Back in November, granddaughter Bella was able to participate in her first horse show, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Griffith Park. Only 4, she has started to learn to ride, but she was in a lead-line class, where her trainer led the horse around the arena.
Sure enough, in the best family tradition, she came away with the blue ribbon. I'll let you in on a secret - everybody in a lead-line class gets a blue ribbon. Luckily Bella was the only participant in this one, so she was none the wiser. As she came out of the arena with her ribbon, she told her trainer, "All my dreams have come true!"
But there really is a tradition of blue ribbons in the family. Here is a picture of her mother at age 15, jumping her mare Julie in the Dome at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Her team won the team jumpers event in their age category that year. Every time she looks at this picture Lauren says, "Why didn't I turn my foot in?"