My daughter, April, has been part of the WW team for several years.  These years have truly been a blessing to me.  Not only have I had the opportunity to spend quality time with my daughter, but I’ve gained another family and met new friends along the way.  I’ve watched Wes create a bond between an awkward young girl and green horse that takes my breath away when I think of where they began.  I DO believe that you CAN make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  Read April’s story and you will, too.

            The “Barn” is where I happily spend my Saturdays.  There is absolutely nothing better than driving up and smelling a new load of Wes’ sweet alfalfa hay!   I seem to be the one counting the days until the next show.  Traveling to shows is how I choose to use my vacation days every year.  (Who needs the beach when you can get to the barn in the middle of the night, shovel poop and hug horses?)  I don’t ride or show.  In fact, I know very little about any of that.  In my world, “ignorance is bliss”.  I’m happy to help where I can and find joy in supporting our team as they “lay it on the line” in the arena.

            I’m grateful that I’m able to help my daughter pursue her dream and so very thankful to Wes (and Dana) for the countless hours of blood, sweat and tears which have brought her so far. 

            It is my privilege to share so many moments with this group.  Yes.  We have shared tears of disappointment and loss, but there has been so much more.  We’ve shared sweet victories (some made only sweeter because the mountain seemed VERY high to climb some days); birthday celebrations; Christmas parties; hotel adventures; trips to Vegas and other cities.  One word comes to mind when I think of our times together and it is, “LAUGHTER”.  My goodness, we laugh!  We seem to always find a reason.

            I can’t wait to see where this journey continues to lead.  I know that it will be full of laughter and adventure when it’s traveled with these special people.