Monday, March 28, 2011
“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
This weekend Blazer and I went to one of my all time favorite events, Southern Pines. Mondays after an event normally bring reflection for me. Reflection of the good and the bad and the looking forward to what is next. This week I had a six hour drive home to Virginia from Southern Pines to reflect on more than just a weekend but the last four years.
This winter Blazer has felt sounder and fitter than ever before. He had two confident outings at Prelim and I thought that our problems at Young Riders had been summed up to an unfortunate bad weekend. We entered the Intermediate at Southern Pines with a strong partnership and great confidence. On Saturday we warmed up great for cross country and then set off on course. When we reached the sunken road at fence 7 Blazer made it clear to me that his heart is just not in it enough for the Intermediate level anymore. I made the tough decision to retire and walk home from there.