might not have mentioned this but we got a message on our guestbook
Matthew Gillis from the Farrier Association in the US, offering
their services very kindly should the need arise for foot-care,
until our arrival in New York. We were also very sorry to hear that
the local Fort Wayne Indiana Therapeutic riding center recently
had to close down to a lack of funds. According to Matthew, all
who has been involved with the barn, the horses and the people it
benefited, were devastated Off course we were so grateful for Elliott
Jennings and Stephen Teichman from the Chester Country Farrier Associates
who kindly came to do both Toto and my feet. They were very friendly
lads and did a marvelous job.
were invited by Saunders and Sallie Dixon of Thorncroft Therapeutic
school to stay over as we pass through their valley and was it not
for time constraints, we could have easily stayed there until next
X-mas!! Miss M was ever so impressed with how this school is run,
the atmosphere and the good vibes and she made more than one mental
note to be used at a later stage.
road to New Hope was in parts very quiet and parts hugely hectic
when we had to go across a very busy bridge. Fortunately we had
some friendly escort and Tiffany who gave a helping hand until we
arrived at her and Jim’s picturesque farm complete with stone
cottage, spacious fields and cosy barns.
official final ride was to the house of Mrs Murdock in New Joursey.
Here Lisa, the farm manager made sure that Toto and I have a stable
each and that we are generally comfortable. Miss M thoroughly enjoyed
her stay at Mrs Murdock’s and she told us about this brave,
stylish lady who never complains despite health problems and who
has a very sharp (and dry!) sense of humour Miss M was so delighted
to have had this resting spot for about a week and during this time
she streamlined the arrangements for her entry into NY city and
has joined the pack after an absence of three months (she will say
a few words after me) and I have to say she is surely a lady with
attitude and I can now understand the fuss!! She needed shoes for
the tarmac riding into NY city though and again we were so lucky
for Bob Pethich who came out to look after her (and to replace my
one shoe that came off in the meantime). Bob is a sought after clinician
and gives many clinics on hoof preparation and recognizing and treating
hoof capsule distortion. He was presented the Jim Linzy Outstanding
Clinician Award in 1993. His business, Bedminster Forge, located
in NJ has a concentration in Show Hunters, Dressage and Event horses.
Thanks Bob for looking after us!!
Well, hi folks…how privileged and delighted
I feel to be part of TATA again. For those of you who don’t
know, here follows a short history on my whereabouts the past few
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go with Miss M to the US in
December due to a lack of space in the quarantine facility in Florida.
So I was kept at the house of the wonderful Sarka, Owaldo and their
sweet son, Owalito in Guatemala city. I really miss these friends
and they were so good to me. I was kept in a warm, comfortable stall
and everyday Sarka made sure that I got a little bit of exercise
to keep the muscle supple. Then in February, 2004, I was flown over
by DHL (they were the most wonderful sponsors during the trip, in
particular DHL Ireland) to Miami in Florida. Dr. Ates Arevaro kindly
accompanied me and he did all he could to make sure all went smoothly.
In Miami, I was met by the son of Celia Alessandrini, the President
of Lazcar International (www.lazcar.com). Miss M and all of us still
can not get over the generosity of this fantastic Argentine lady
who not only sponsored ALL her fees for importing me into the US
but also paid for my quarantine. How amazing is that!! Thank you
from the bottom of our hearts Ms Celia…you will never know
how much this meant to us.
generosity of wonderful people, didn’t finish here though
because after my 7 day quarantine period, I had to be transported
northwards. Without fuss and one-two-three, Miss M’s newly
found friends in Georgia, Diane and Joel Johnson, offered to come
and get me in Miami. They surely travelled a long way and was so
careful that I am okay and content for the duration of the trip.
I got VIP treatment for the two weeks I stayed with them and it
was with a big lump in my throat that I had to say goodbye to them.
You will probably now think that the kindness had to stop here but
oh no! Next it was Todd and Maria from Albany in Georgia who offered
their time, money and energy to
bring me up to where Miss M was at this stage in New Jersey. They
travelled for more than 18 hours to get there late in the night
and Mrs Murdock was so kind to put them up for the night. I was
very happy to see Miss M and she was delighted for my little neigh
when we set eyes on each other! Todd and Maria’s presence
also brought a bit of sadness as it meant Miss M had to say goodbye
to Camanchi who was going to go back with them. Miss M got very
attached to this magnificent Appalloosa and we all felt sorry for
her when the time came to say farewell. Camanchi was worth his salt
over and over again and Miss M want to say a big big thank you again
to Todd and Maria for their selfless help and generosity. Also to
Diane and Joel who were amazing! They are all true friends.
it took me a few days to get used to Toto and he surely acted a
in the beginning. I even got an introductory kick from him but I
won’t hold it against him as I am sure he was not too delighted
about my presence either. NY city was calling and paramount in the
organisations for our arrival was a girl called Madilyn Du Toit,
a South African who lives and works in NY city and who played an
intrinsic part in our arrival in the city. Not only did she organise
the stabling (thank you very much to Conor McHugh at Clinton Stables
for putting up Toto and I) but also arranged so that Miss
M can participate in the St. Patricks parade as well as speaking
to the officers at the NYPD mounting unit who agreed to escort Miss
M into the city. Captain Chris Acerbo was the man who made sure
that Miss M and us arrived safe and sound in the city and with him
and his colleague, John O’Reilly, we had an enormous fun and
entertaining time, riding into the city on a beautiful sunny day
the 15th of March.
We don’t want to speak for Miss M and tell how
she felt on this important day but it was indeed full of excitement
and roller-coaster emotions. Keep an eye out for Miss M’s
book sometime where she will reveal all and more!
Oh yes, we also got to meet a fine fella called Andy
from the History Channel. He is doing a documentary on the Criollo
horse and was interested to get some shots of me with Miss M. He
came out to New Jersey for one day and we were very lucky that the
weather played along that day, providing good footage. Andy was
also there the day of our arrival to capture the end of a long long
TATA was finally over and friends from Ireland and Miss M’s
mom (we will let her tell you later about this surprise visit) went
back home, Miss M had to make decisions about Toto and I. Alyse
(who lives with her husband Joe in Maryland) fell in love with Toto
from the first time she saw him and asked Miss M if he was available
to buy. Miss M just knew that he will be in excellent hands and
a few days after the St. Patricks parade in which she and I participated,
collected by his new owners at the mounting unit in NY city. Everything
worked out brilliantly because I needed a safe haven for a while
too and we were so lucky for Tiffany and Jim from New Hope who came
to our rescue. They offered that I can stay with them until my return
to Ireland so very conveniently the kind Joe and Alyse just dropped
me off in New Hope on their way back to Maryland. Although my last
month needed to be in isolation on this farm, I was treated very
well and never felt too lonely as Tiffany made sure that I could
see the other horses all the time from my field.
M’s friend called Joy was mentioned earlier….well this
is just another very generous lady because when the time came for
me to go to Chicago from Pensyllvania, she and her husband Don suggested
that they will come and collect me
and take me to where I will fly from to Ireland. It was a long old
haul but they just took it in their stride, ensuring that I have
a very comfortable ride in the back. Our thoughts also go to Don
who is currently fighting cancer that was diagnosed shortly before
my transporting and we just want to say thank you so much to him
and Joy for having taken on this task.
I am currently back in Ireland and having a peaceful
time where I am roaming the fields at Rathsalagh House outside Dublin.
It’s a lovely golf estate with luxurious rooms for little
weekend stay-overs and spectacular food. Check it out!
And finally on behalf of Miss M, myself (Mise), Tusa,
Tu Fein, Camanchi and Toto I just want to express our gratitude
and sincere thanks to each and everyone who was part of TATA. for
all your wonderful help, your generosity, your belief in us, the
ever present encouragement and for sticking with us. Without you,
our journey would have been impossible.
Marianne an email >