Around Nov 4, I headed for Idaho Falls to Parkwood jumpers and bought a new horse. His name is True Story. He is 16hh Canadian WB, light, a great mover and jumper. He is 5.
Then I motored down to Galisteo, NM to a working pupil position. I had my rehabbing Banner, Story and Cody in tow. I settled in there, nice house, good facility but we agreed that I was not a good fit for me or them. Off I went to Copper Meadows in Ramona Cal. Trucking......
When ever I travel like that, I relate to Townes Van Sandt. Some like minded folks call it the “church of Townes”.
Copper Meadows is 40 plus acre eventing facility in San Diego County. It's owned by Carolyn Hoffos and run by James and Taren Atkinson. James is a sought after course designer, 4 Star rider and expert welder /builder. Taren is a fine trainer, rider and instructor. The jumps here are new and inviting. The footing is naturally good and the horses receive great care. There are 4 working students taking advantage of James and Taren's expertise and guidance. It's grad school for riders to be a working student. One learns the business side and systematic training and care as well as the riding. Usually one pays board for their horse and gets lessons in exchange for feeding, grooming, saddling, exercising, blanketing etc. It's all day work when it's busy. I'm always looking for ways to save money so I was happy to help the girls and become perhaps the oldest working student in America or maybe the world. The three girls range in age here from 18 to 21.
I'm enjoying it and Steve is here now so we are tucked in my little LQ in the rain. My life is a wonderful dream.