Things start up down there early, beginning shortly after seven. There will be riders from all over the world, some of the best in the business, and as a trained English riding instructor with extensive horse facility management experience, there could be no better judge than my little leprechaun. She is always fair but oh, so tough, expecting excellence from all riders and I'm sure today's event will be no exception. No one on earth could love the sport and the art of English equestrian competition than my "Horse Lady."
Florida Horse Park is a beautiful venue, similar in nature to the Kentucky Horse Park. After all, many of the best horses in the world are trained and developed, and a number born, right here in this beautiful part of Florida. And with the rolling hills, the beautiful live oaks, complex and difficult jumps and hazards, I'm sure it will be both a fun and a challenging experience for her. With the day expected to be warm and sunny, it will be both green and bright for all who venture there. And even though I'll be at home tending to our own horses and other four legged family members, I know that when the day is over she'll come home beaming from ear to ear with lots of pictures. Who knows, we might even dance a little jig tonight as we celebrate this fun day.
St. Patrick's Day is a day for all Americans to enjoy the heritage of one of our great early arriving groups of people, those of Irish descent. Now the "Horse Lady's" background is German and mine is Scottish, but similarities of those who came from Northern Europe originally got the country off to a whopping start. And as we grew and expanded our make-up with men and women who gave their all to become Americans, it only made us better. It's something we need to remember in this day when that isn't always the case.
So, Happy St. Patty's Day, everyone and I'll look forward to the joy of my equine loving leprechaun returning home tonight. Now go find yourself a pint of green beer and give a cheer. And may the luck of the Irish infect your spirit on this fun day!