I am dumbfounded and so sad to read this. I never met Babs, only knew her through this BB as Kennet Square. Everything I ever heard or read about her was great and I often thought that if I am ever brave enough to pack up my bags and move to VA she'd be one of the first people I would want to call, knowing she'd be generous with good advice and sure that she'd extend her hand in friendship.
Life seems to be too often about death lately, I'd like to think that she's "up there" with a pair of twin foals right now, skipping joyfully around the greenest, most beautiful meadow we've ever seen.
I am in agreement with everyone else, in shock. I met Babs at the most recent BB get together at Frying Pan. I felt like I'd met a kindred spririt and was genuinely looking forward to listening to her more and learning what she had to teach. Our war of the gossip that afternoon made me smile larger than I have for quite some time. We had many mutual acquaintences in the horse world, yet I had never met her before.
I am, as we all are, deeply saddened. I just hope that she is still the life of the party, even if it has shifted to a different place.
"The brave may not live forever, but the cautious never truly live at all"
"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries
When I lurked, I remember seeing a picture of Babs at the Duke Children's Show and thinking, that looks like a woman who knows how to have fun, then kicking myself for not going and meeting her and the whole VA crew. What a loss for all of us.
"Never trust a man in a blue trench coat, never drive a car when you're dead." Tom Waits
Oh...so sad. She looks so young, which is even sadder...I didn't know her either, but I enjoyed her posts and loved her screen name. I hope she is riding many wonderful courses on all our special old equine friends on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
I've never met Kennett Square, but always enjoyed her posts. She sounded like the kind of person anyone would enjoy being around. My sympathies to those who knew her in real life and rode with her. :-(
my condolences to her family and friends, it sounds like she was a wonderful woman
"I hope you will grow up to be gentle and good, and never learn bad ways, do your work with good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."
-Duchess, Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
\"I hope you will grow up to be gentle and good, and never learn bad ways, do your work with good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play.\"
-Duchess, Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
After 46 years I have a pretty short list of people that Iâ€™m very glad I know, without question Babs is at the top of that list. While I no longer post on the COTH BB Iâ€™d like to thank COTH because I first â€˜metâ€™ her here. Later meeting at Mosbys [on more then a few nights!] we shared many stories and laughs [and a lot of drinks]. Without question many of our biggest laughs came from the topic of the COTH BBâ€™s and the pretentious seriousness that could surround a BB about riding horses.
In the spring of 02 she and Mr. & Mrs. ETBW joined Sarah and I for an Easter feast following her giving me a jumping lesson in Middleburg. Up beat, with a smile that was infectious she worked with me despite the rain. She was gracious enough to complement my riding skills despite the fact theyâ€™re are non-existent.
Iâ€™ve met very few people in my life like her and Iâ€™m sorry if you never had the chance to meet her in person.
My deepest sympathy to her friends who I know will miss her very much.
Donâ€™t worry Babs, Iâ€™ll have more then one drink in your honor tonight!
GDG aka â€œThe Great Pumpkinâ€
*Make SURE your right before you decide everyone else is wrong.*
*Lord please save me from those trying to save me!*
It's been over a day, and I still can't believe it; I have to keep checking this thread to remind myself that it really happened. It's a strange turn of events when you have to use the virtual world to confirm something that you can't believe happened in the real one.
Babs was my trainer and one of the best teachers I've ever had. She was patient with my adult ammie neuroses, but always able to push me to do more than I thought I could, and I trusted her completely. Everyone else here has spoken to what a vibrant, wonderful, caring person she was, and I can only say that I can't believe how lucky I was to have known her.
Thanks for everything, Babs. Sorry 'bout making your eyes bleed with alarming regularity.