Now for us Kentuckians, this is real strange. It might hit freezing before the big turkey day—but even that’s pretty unusual.
So I’m starting a little early on my planning. Gosh I don’t even have my list finished for next year’s projects, and I’m already working on them.
My first project is not really for next year—it’s actually something I meant to get done much earlier in the year—but a few weeks ago, I realized that it will almost be like a Christmas present.
Early summer ’14 saw myself and a couple of LEC instructors really go “out of the box” we took a group of ten strong riders and our very own lesson horses on the first ever (maybe never again) Great Horse Camping Adventure! I had gotten the idea from Jennifer Fernambucq of Heathermoor Farm in Alabama. Each year she does an out-of-town Horse Show Camp for her riders with the kids responsible for everything from planning, packing, cooking their own meals, horse show prep, daily horse care, everything it takes to go to an out of town horse show. Let the kids manage it.
I thought this would be an amazing idea for the LEC kids—but as I sat down with pen and paper to put my own twist on it, when I had been talking with Jennifer she had been talking about places to go where you could keep your horses at the same time. She had mentioned Mammoth Cave National Park.
Suddenly a childhood memory hit me. As a kid growing up right next to the Great Smoky Mountains, one week-end my own trainer loaded up a bunch of lesson horses and riders. We spent the week-end riding up and down mountains, camping in tents, catching loose horses in the woods, eating so many hot dogs. It had been an amazing experience. And oh, I still remember how sore my backside was from riding for so many miles.
So I googled—immediately I found mammothcavehorsecamp.com. Suddenly an idea hit me–the most amazing—possibly crazy—maybe a little dangerous!
Mmmmmm, Could we do it?
So off we went—to say it was an AMAZING is an understatement. And I had promised the kids a photo book with all their photos (oh the amazing photos taken on your camera while riding down a mountain!) collected—so that’s what I am working on tonight.
When it’s finished, I’ll get it on the LEC FaceBook page. And then everyone can share the experience.
The first of hopefully only a few snow days—I’d better get to work.