Many people have heard of Tommie Turvey before, usually with the reference of being a trick rider/trainer. There is a tongue twister for you; Tommie Turvey Trick Trainer (say it four times fast). Yes, Tommie is a trick rider, but he is so much more than that, because in order to be a trick rider or trainer (he is both) you have to be a horseman first.
I have seen him at different events and horse shows and have always thought what he does is incredible. How does he get his horse to focus solely on him in an arena with a crowd numbering in the thousands?
The other week as my sister and I were packing up from a two-week show at Showplace Spring Spectacular (Lamplight, Ill.) to come home, it hit me again how lucky I am.
Beyond the obvious reasons of that I get to show so many nice horses and I have amazing parents and clients who support me, I was thinking that I felt lucky to know how to pack up from a show and how to haul the horses home ourselves.
Consumer Social Responsibility, or CSR as it is known, is something I've thought a lot about. What it means is that as consumers we have a responsibility toward society to be responsible in our purchases.
Corporations are not the only ones that have a responsibility towards society. We, as consumers, need to buy from ethical, socially responsible companies, and we need to know what we are buying. We need to know the background of the product; where it was made, who made it, and its “history.”
Have you ever heard the saying “you are a product of your upbringing?” I truly believe that animals and people become what they are because of how they were raised and the environment in which they were raised.
A few months ago, Role Model (I call her T-Squared since her barn name is Taylor) and I had a freak accident. We have been showing all year at 1.45-meter jumpers and while at home jumping a 3’6” oxer the unthinkable happened. We were preparing for the 7-year-old Midwest Young Jumper Regional Finals at Kentucky, and when she went to take off she tripped, and we flipped through the jump.
On my first Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association Keuring Tour a few years back I had the opportunity to meet Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm. I had read many stories about her and knew of all the wonderful things she was creating and supporting to help our industry both in the show ring and the breeding ring. I was in awe of her and have to admit that I was nervous to meet her.
Ever since I was little my mom has told me, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” I always love to respond using a quote from Dr. House of the television show: “There may not be an ‘I’ in team, but there is a ‘ME’ if you jumble it around.”