Just Horsin’ Around

Posted in Horse Shows, Kentucky at 9:54 pm by Thomas

This time of the year is Great in Kentucky for so many reasons, the weather is warm, though usually not too hot just yet.  The Days are long as its not truly dark until 10, which makes for a Great Evening at a horse show, which are also very numerous this time of the year.  So this past weekend my family and some friends of ours loaded up 3 of our horses, my OTTB “Mont(e)y”, their Saddlebred “Kiss This” and Walking Horse “Pepper” for a fun all be it, very long evening at the Just Horsin’ Around horse show in Brodhead, Kentucky.  This was actually our second horse show in a week and certainly helped to lessen my disappointment over us not winning the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

We rolled into the show grounds just before 5 PM, the show wasn’t slated to start until 5:30 and we knew it might not get started right at 5:30 because these kind of shows are more about an enjoyable atmosphere then following some specific schedule, it was a Saturday night after all and anybody there wanted to be there and had no where else they wanted to be.  I tacked up Monte as soon as we got there and headed into the ring the warm him up and see what he thought of all the horses and people.  Speaking of horses and people, I don’t know that I have been to a horse show that was as packed as this one which of course makes me happy, because it means there is still a large population of people who enjoy horses and know just how important they are to the Commonwealth.

I entered Monte in one class, Western Pleasure just to give him that experience and spent the rest of the evening just riding around the fair grounds to see how he would react to all the people and horses.  I did un-tack him and give him a long rest at one point until he got bored with that and then I tacked him up again and off we went.  By this time it was after dark which can always present new experiences.  Monte wasn’t phased by anything, I was so impressed with how he behaved with all the different scenarios we encountered.  We spent a long time standing at the entrance to the ring watching a number of classes with numerous other people on horse back, certainly an enjoyable way to watch a horse show.  He stood quietly taking it all in, much like he did everything else that night.  By the time we left it was 1 AM and of the 8 hours we had been there I probably spent half that time on horseback which is where I wish I could spend more time.  The time I spend at horse shows is always quality time that always proves the point of how much horses are a part of Kentucky and how Kentucky wouldn’t be the same without them.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


Bromont wins the 2018 Games!

Posted in 2018 Games at 9:50 pm by Thomas

So the announcement came out earlier today and as many of you can guess, my disappointment was significant.  I really did believe in my heart and soul that we would win the bid to host the World Equestrian Games again in 2018 and even in my very logical brain I could easily support the argument for why Lexington was the logical choice.  Now with that said, the one argument that I always knew undid the rest of the logical reasons why the Games should come back to Lexington was the very fact that we had had them only 4 years before.  This actually is a real factor, though its impossible to judge the real impact on the decision but you can not discount it.  In the end I don’t look at why we didn’t win the Games to look for something wrong in the past, I look at this as a way to be better in the future.

I want to first and foremost congratulate and wish Bromont and Canada as a whole Great Success with these Games and if there is anything I can offer to help I will be glad to.  As I have said many times before, I am passionate about these Games, as a Horse person its just an awesome concept, and I always want to see them be successful whether they are in Lexington or not.  I actually hope that the Games in Normandy are better than they were in Lexington and that the Games in Bromont are better than Normandy.  This is how you keep anything going, event, business even your personal happiness, you have to keep setting the bar a little higher each time and this makes us strive to want to do these things.  My real concern for the Games is that they are not successful one year and everyone who is of a negative personality piles on and says see, the Games are not worth it and people stop wanting to pursue the Games.

So going forward, my plans haven’t really changed.  I will continue to pursue opportunities that help me be successful and help me to pursue bringing the World Equestrian Games back to Lexington, whether that is sooner or later, I will persever and I will see the Games back here.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond


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