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September 13, 2010

Taking Care Of All The Details

All the plans are coming together to get Robin and Ralee to the WEG. Lisa Slade Photo

The stall walls were shaking, shavings flying everywhere. Finally the face of a highly indignant youngster came into view, after displaying a rather impressive temper tantrum. 

Watching Ralee's 2-year-old half-brother Reve Dore (same sire, different dam) made me think back to Ralee's first shows, and all I can do is shudder. The chaos he created was truly memorable, from the craters he dug in temporary stabling to the legendary displays of bucks and rears while being mounted. If anyone had told me that one day he'd be competing as a member of the U.S. para-equestrian team, I would have laughed out loud.

But now, here we are, a week away from leaving for training camp, which will be held at the brand new Kentucky Equine Research Center in Versailles, which is owned/operated by our team sponsor Pennfield Feed. Thank you so much for your incredible support!

Ralee is as fit as can be. Darren Haeusler, our farrier, was here at 7 a.m. on Monday morning to reset his shoes, Dr. Leslie Kinchen and her staff have been incredibly helpful with the seemingly endless requests for paperwork (it did help, that her office manager Chris is a huge fan of Robin's ), and my wonderful farm sitters Stephanie Dyches and her sister Becky Rindl are ready to take charge of the farm. I am convinced that there is a special place in heaven for reliable farm sitters!

The last USEF email requested Ralee's blanket size—I guess this is really happening!!