On my drive back to Aiken, S.C., from a recent trip to jump down at HITS Ocala in Florida, my new wife Jess and I began ironing out the remainder of the spring schedule for all of the horses. In years past I would have jumped the event horses at an early January show before their eventing season would begin later in the month.
Our spring season feels like it's officially beginning! We've moved into our temporary, albeit palatial, location at Jess' parents place where her horses will remain in Bridle Creek (Aiken, S.C.). We have a 16-stall barn, plenty of turn out and riding space and a decent hill in the New Bridge Polo Club. Michelle, our manager, is losing sleep at the moment being that the barn is in disarray. Within the week she, Jax, Katie and Marrissa will have the barn in top shape. She doesn't do well with disorganization!
My first and most important conclusion coming out of the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** is that I have an exceptional horse that will not be bounded in the future. I have to thank Larry and Amelia Ross who have been partners of mine with Tali, or Crown Talisman, for the past few years.
It’s a funny thing in our warped reality of professional riders that big moments in our life are often marked by competitions. Jessica Hampf said “yes” to me the Monday before the Richland Park CIC in August. I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to spend my life with my best friend. Family comes first, and now that Jessica and I are beginning ours I would like to dedicate the first paragraph of my new blog for the Chronicle to her and our future.