What a difference a week makes! The weather was California-normal: a little marine layer cloudiness in the morning, a hint of high haze in the afternoon…. And about 70 degrees. Just the way we like it, in other words. Everyone, horses and humans, looked so much perkier than they had last Friday at the first jog. There were a couple of high-spirited “jogs” by horses who were feeling fine. Some big horses get even taller as they trot past the judges and vets who are inspecting them for soundness, and it’s easy for a small handler to feel like a tail on the end of a kite when running along side them. Good thing that tall Michael Barisone jogged a few very energetic horses for some of the short people!
Unlike last week, when we were so hot that the only matching accessory that anyone was thinking about was a water bottle (clear was the new black), many really did themselves fashion-proud:
And finally there was the Welcome party, hosted by Joan Cvengros at her beautiful home high on a hill. There were many, many cosmos, and a candlelight dinner on the lawn by the pool. The most popular feature was the “candy bar”, which would have done Willy Wonka proud: huge glass jars full of delectable candies and chocolates, to be “taken away” in golden Chinese-food containers. Sorry, no party pictures! There were cosmos, and I was drinking them! I have a hard and fast rule to not drink and photograph. Thank you, Joan, for a wonderful time: it was the kind of evening that you linger over your dinner, look around at the great people you are surrounded with, and the fine setting that you are in, and think, this is good.