Monday, May 17, 2010

Picture of Lily

I've been asked about the header - it's a photo of Lily and my older daughter, who was 16 at the time and doing her own training, competing in their last jumper class just before we retired Lily from competition due to heaves. Lily was an amazing jumper - they were double clear and placed third, beating a number of trainers, and would have placed higher but Lily no longer was as fast due to her respiratory problems. Lily had the ability to go much higher - my daughter jumped her to 5' and we know she could clear 5'6"- so this oxer wasn't much trouble for her.

It's almost a year since Lily moved to Tennessee, so she could live outside 24/7. She's doing very well there, and you can see her from time to time (along with our pony Norman who is also there) at the Paradigm Farms blog. I miss Lily's funny, big personality from time to time, but I don't miss having to take care of her!

13 comments:

  1. She's beautiful...glad to hear she's doing well.

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  2. What a lovely horse! Glad she is enjoying a nice retirement

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  3. Great shot! Sounds like she earned her retirement...I see her in the photos often, when I visit Paradigm Farm. What a perfect place for her.

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  4. Thanks for the description of the fantastic shot of a fantastic mare! Love that Paradigm Farm...perfect for such giving spirits when they get to retire~
    KK

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  5. What a fantastic photo of your amazing Lily. So happy for her and your decision to let her retire in peaceful fields!

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  6. What a great retirement for such a beautiful athlete..impressive of both Lily AND your daughter! :)

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  7. A lovely pic, what a lovely mare she is!

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  8. Lily is a gorgeous gal. She sure was a talented mare. I'm so glad she is enjoying her well earned retirement.

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  9. What a beauty! And she is using her front end wonderfully--the mark of a truly talented jumper. What a lucky girl to have earned a perfect retirement home. From the looks of it, she more than deserves it.

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  10. What a gorgeous horse!! Someday I hope to retire my horses in a nice, lush field when my parents get their property! Well, my horses aren't close to retirement yet, but someday!

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  11. what gorgeous knees up nice and high. Looks like a great jumper.

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