I am so very sorry to hear of Sally's passing. Sally and I competed together as juniors, and she was my maid of honor at my wedding in '68. We hadn't seen each other for so many years, until 2005. Sally went with me to a horse show with my "Sparkle" and also to her inspection. Then I made the trip to Texas with her to see Cyriz and she bought Sydeways. I had not seen Sally since 2005. Although she was at Warrenton last year when I was there, she didn't stop to say hi. Too late now.
Sally and I were still too competitive and she poked at me for showing in Hunter Breeding. Age does slow one down.
How uncanny that on Sunday, I searched COTH and saw that Sally had not posted in a while. I feared that she had taken ill. She was a very heavy smoker. My premonition shocked me when I saw this thread.
RIP Sally, hope you were reunited with your wonderful "Charlemayne."
Sorry for your loss Cyriz Mom, hope her horses will be taken care of.
Proud of my Hunter Breeding Princesses
"Grief is the price we all pay for love," Gretchen Jackson (1/29/07) In Memory of Barbaro
I will also miss her and had missed her posts. I only knew her from these forums, but enjoyed and respected her contributions, especially on all related to TB's. So sorry she is gone, and condolences to all fortunate enough to have known her and her horses in the "real" as well as virtual world.
shf - I am sorry that you feel a condolence thread is a place to air hurt feelings. Yes, we saw you across the ring at Warrenton and no we didn't hike around to say "hi". Of course, neither did you.
Sally was a breast cancer survivor of almost 8 yrs. She had some health issues due to the side effects of the chemo. However, in the 8 yrs. I knew her, I never knew her to smoke and again, if she did in the past, why mention it now.
I hope that the little barbs in your post on this forum and on the h/j thread make you feel better and you're happy you got the last word in.
Sally lived almost all her life on LI and made the decision to move to Aiken a couple years ago. Honestly, I was a bit concerned about her making such a huge change alone. Silly me! I was in awe of the way she adapted and jumped into all things horsey in Aiken...polo matches, breakfast at the track grill, the h/j shows, relearning how to drive, taking a master gardener class at the college, all while continuing to show secretary and keep points on LI. I think she had driven back and forth about six times already this year to see Charlie show and to work a show.
She was a wealth of information on the history of the h/j world in the Northeast for the last 30 or 40 years.
I hope you all will forgive me for my comments to shf...there was a lot of history between the two of them and it just really bothered me that she would take this opportunity to make unnecessary comments after Sally's passing.
SHF... I don't know anyone involved beyond this forum, and that was how I read it as well. So I don't mean to be contrary but you may want to reread your post with fresh eyes, I think it was less her reading into it than your, unintentional as it may be, tone.