Sunday, November 6, 2011

Best Horse in the World

I wrote the post below about Hickstead and published it. I could have easily moved on to an episode of Gossip Girl but I thought about the post a little more and it felt too clinical. No feelings in there. 
A guy stopped me this morning while I was pumping gas. "What's wrong with your eyes?" he asked. Ummmm nothing? "They look dead. A girl as pretty as you should have some sparkle." A bit rich, I thought, coming from someone who was eating a corn dog off a stick at 9am. 

Ben's gone. I checked his stall when I got to the barn and he still had a few flakes of hay. I checked the paddocks thinking he had been turned out. He's lame and since no one has been riding him, he gets to spend a fair amount of time outside. 
I guess they took him early this morning. Probably out to pasture somewhere in hopes that he'll recover on his own. I would have liked to have said goodbye. 
Hickstead collapsed and died today at the Rolex FEI World Cup event today in Verona Italy. A superstar in the sport, he is best know for:
2008 Individual Gold and Team Silver in the Beijing Olymics
2 time (2007, 2011) winner of $1M Spruce Meadows "Masters" Tournament
2010 winner at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky- earning the title "Best Horse in the World"
Not a great day for sparkle. Which is fine. Some days are not sparkle days.