More often than not we are asked to help make someone’s ‘dream come true’ or perhaps help them tick something off their ‘bucket list’.
Back in January I had a very special request from Louise who was planning her mum Judith’s 80th birthday.
Judith was a keen rider in her youth but sadly hadn’t been in the saddle for nearly two decades. One of her dreams was to meet and sit on a friesian horse having fallen in love with them many years ago.
Now although I don’t generally encourage riders who are not riding fit, for the purpose of making this dream come true I was more than happy to make an exception.
After meeting some of the horses and finding out a bit more about how they’ve evolved thanks to the KFPS Royal Friesian studbook, Louise and Judith helped groom our 8yo gelding Hannes and Kroon mare Anja. We managed to get them both in the saddle for a gentle walk round the arena and down to our front garden and Sandy Kitching was on hand to capture every moment for them.
If I can get on and off a horse at 80 half as easily as Judith did that day I will be delighted!
After a short break for some lunch we headed out in the carriage with Hannes. Judith took the reins and did an excellent job guiding him round the lanes 🙂
What a delightful, kind and inspirational lady she is and I hope she is able to treasure the memories through her pictures for many years to come.
THIS EASTER introduces David Sims From Thursday 29th March until Sunday 8th April
An Exhibition showing David’s collection, capturing the true reflection of Cumbria and the Lake District
MEET THE ARTIST Over the Easter weekend, 29th, 30th, 31st March and 1st April David Sims will be in the Gallery,every day from 11.00am to 4.30pm. He will be showing new paintings,and at 3.30 each afternoon,will give a short talk on his chosen medium gouache,and why he uses it.