As several of you have pointed out over the past few weeks, there has been a conspicuous silence on one particular topic on this blog over the past few weeks.
What, you might be wondering, has happened to Ringo?
Well, I will be honest. The reason there has been silence is that I haven't wanted to write about it until everything was happily resolved. Things are not yet resolved, though, so I guess I should just write anyway.
Ringo is for sale.
The decision came as the result of some of the most difficult soul-searching I've ever had to do in relationship to my horses and my riding. I've always been so spoiled that I've been able to maintain ownership of my horses, either by leasing them out or by letting them retire at home. However, as I transition into adulthood, I realized that I needed to be more grown up about my strategy. So I made the decision to sell.
It's been really hard for me to think about. I really would love for him to sell quickly, so that the giant hole in my heart that is not having him in my life anymore can get a chance to try to heal. Now, with him for-sale-but-not-yet-sold, the hole just gets bigger and deeper day by day.
Dear readers, if you or anyone you know would be interested, please let me (or more accurately, my trainer, as she is in charge of his sale now that I'm in England) know!! I would be so unbelievably eternally thankful to you and would bury you in good karma (and cookies too, if you wanted them, no joke).
COLOR: Pinto (Black/White)
COUNTRY OF BIRTH: Ireland
YEAR IMPORTED: 2002
CONTACT: Kim Litwinczak, (978) 413-9094, email@example.com
ASKING: $35,000 (neg. to good home)
Ringo is rare athlete, having achieved nationally-recognized success both as an upper-level eventer and FEI dressage horse. He took his adult amateur rider from 1st Level to Prix St Georges in under 2 years, earning the scores for her USDF Bronze and Silver medals and winning regional and national year-end awards at every level along the way. Most recently, he was named the 2013 All-Breed Award reserve national champion at Prix St Georges for the Performance Horse Registry. He is extremely sound and low maintenance. More importantly, he is a kind and gentle horse who loves people and having a job. He is currently confirmed through his 2-time changes and is schooling piaffe and passage, and could easily continue up the levels with the right rider in 2014.
Ringo can be seen at Stone Fox Farm in Stow, Mass. Please contact Kim Litwinczak at (978) 413-9094 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ringo winning at PSG (64.5%) earlier this summer: