Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lillian Chaudhary

It is a sad day for me as I just found out this wonderful lady passed away today.  Lillian restored every sidesaddle I owned that needed work and we became friends during the many conversations we had.

Lillian Chaudhary at Heritage Tack & Saddlery has been working with both astride saddles and sidesaddles for over 30 years.  Her expertise in the field of saddle design and construction is recognized globally.  In addition to her work with the saddles themselves, she has also given many lectures and conducted clinics in which she shares her knowledge with those seeking to build a strong foundation in the elegant art of riding aside.You can read more about her here:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Taking a Break From Showing ..

.. this year so I can pay close attention to the construction of our house.   We recently broke ground.  If you are interested in watching the progress, I am posting it on

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throw Back Thursday...

Today I am going to tell you about my very first horse.  Not horses that were on my Grandfathers farm .. but the very first horse I bought and cared for on my own..

His name was Trojan - aptly named because of his enormous size as in the Trojan War Horse.  He was a Tennessee Walking Horse and a full 17 hands high at the withers.  The horse behind him was standing on higher ground.  He is the strawberry roan colored horse on the left side of this picture.  This was a typical sight .. as he was the favorite neighborhood horse and rarly only had 1 rider!

I met a man where I worked whose Father needed to sell a horse.  Trojan was living in a sand lot all by himself.  It just all felt right when I went to see him.  He was not registered... so when I first saw him, I was told he was 8.  When I agreed to buy him a week later, he was 10.  Then when I picked him up - he magically turned 12... (ahem)... No comment...

No worries - I had that wonderful feeling deep inside me that this horse was mine and I was right.  He was a great family horse...a gentle old soul.  Although he was not affectionate towards people - not liking to be fussed over, he was the most obedient and gentle natured animal we could ask for.  He was the highlight of every birthday party we had and everything I could ask for in a trail horse.  I learned a lot from Trojan.  I learned how to care for an aging horse whose teeth were useless or gone.  I learned how to manage a horses feet with and without shoes.  I learned how important it is for tack to fit the horse as well as the rider and so much more..

Recently at a family dinner, our daughters reflected of the things they loved the most about their childhoods and the 2 things mentioned first were growing up in the country and having the horses.  From there they launched off into multiple memories of sneeking out in the middle of the night for 'tackless night rides'; the time they felt guilty for riding him in the heat of the day - so they brought him into the house .. allowing him to cool off under the ceiling fan in the den!; .. or the many rides with their friends as pictured above..

Towards the end of his life, he survived a massive heart attack and lived an additional 5 years as 'yard art' before he passed away at the ripe old age of 30.  We had the priviledge of loving Trojan for 18 years.  He had a stroke and could no longer stand for any lenght of time without falling.  Our hearts broke as we had to make the decision to have him put down.  To make matters worse, it was just 6 months prior to moving to our farm, so we were unable to bury him here...but he will forever be in our hearts. 

Thank you Lord for such a Blessing - one packaged with 4 hooves and an orange mane and tail!  We could not have asked for a better companion for our daughters!!