Although I helped write the orginal message and am not really in shape to write much more, I would just like to add that I lost not only my trainer, but one of my biggest supporters. Life is going to be very different for me now without her, because she really was a role model for me. I hasn't settled in yet, but I feel privledged to be the last student she coached at a show - and I'm glad I rode well and didn't let her down. I will always remember what she has taught me - and for riding Madison - "don't ever take back" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif
Oh, this is terrible. I didn't "know" her, but I sure felt like I knew her through this BB! I remember all the pics that were posted of her with the VA clique, and she always had this fabulous smile plastered across her face! She was so genuine and friendly, and always had great advice and insights. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends, both in-person friends and BB friends. My goodness this board has seen so many major tragedies with some of the most well known bbers lately. When will it end?
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\"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.\" -- Ralph Waldo E
Words cannot express how badly I feel. I never met Babs, but we had fun on the BB and occassionally exchanged emails. She was a true gem of a person, and I will miss her joy and her gentle kindness. I feel so badly for all of her "Precious Pumpkins." They are going to miss her so.
This too, shall pass.
“When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American.” Dorothy Thompson 1935
OMG - when Heineken called to tell me I could not believe it. I have known Babs since I was like 13. I knew her because she was always so friendly at horse shows and you could always hear her joyous laughter across the show grounds. We joked many times about precious pumpkins and pony point chasing when I worked the gate at Lin-Ann shows. then she was gracious enough to let me ride Robert when I had nothing to ride when I moved back to VA. I was only able to ride him six or seven times but it was the willingness with which she offered her baby to me that showed what a wonderful person she was.
I had the pleasure of only taking 3 lessons from Babs, and, in fact, I was going to spend the whole summer with her. She was an amazing person. It seems almost unreal, like it's a joke or something. She was an amazing trainer and an amazing person. The only thing I regret is that I hadn't known her sooner...
Oh, and the last thing she said to me was "You're a really good rider" I was really happy and giddy, and I was looking forward to the next lesson.
I'm stunned! I received an email from Babs about a week ago. I knew Babs from my days of living in Northern Virginia in the 80's and again most recently as Kennett Square. Babs was always a class act, friendly to everyone.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and "Precious Pumpkins."
My deepest sympathy to all who knew her, loved her, trained with her. She always struck me as a kind, fun, knowledgable horsewoman...the equestrian community will miss her dearly. How lucky we were to have gotten to know her...even if it was only through the internet.