Chisholm Challenge 2015: Equitation

by Peggy on January 29, 2015

Dunny was having a bad day on the first day of Chisholm Challenge, as were a number of other horses for some reason. The good folks at Born 2 Be decided it wouldn’t be safe for Sam or any of the other riders to ride Dunny that day. So, at the last minute, they saddled up another horse that Sam had not rode for years.

We were all proud of them for that catch ride, doing their best under pressure, even when they cantered right by the judge. Twice. See for yourself.

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #288

by Peggy on January 29, 2015

Sam: I try to give nonverbal commands to dogs … and horses.

Peggy: Oh, yeah?

Sam: But Tracy says horses understand words.

Peggy: You think so?

Sam: Some words.

Peggy: Which ones?

Sam: Well … “walk” and “whoa.”

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Chisholm Challenge 2015: Working Trail (the buckle-winner)

January 29, 2015

Yes, internet friends, I was so engrossed in his ride I forgot to follow the canter over the poles.

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Chisholm Challenge 2015: Showmanship

January 28, 2015
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Old-school cakes: Banana Split Cake

January 23, 2015

Regina has a birthday this month and we are going to celebrate by doing what we did last year: going to Johnny Cace’s for Sunday brunch. I’d always thought of that venerable Longview restaurant as a supper club, but last year we stumbled that way after the new Cracker Barrel had to close in the middle […]

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Building real community: jobs, jobs, jobs

January 20, 2015

About a month ago, I heard a local preacher tell a story that showed we have a long way to go to build a real community. I’m not sure his story resonated around the city the way that it should have — it certainly resonated with me — but that could partly be my fault. When local civil rights leaders […]

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #287

January 15, 2015

Tom (old family friend, at Chisholm Challenge): When I saw Sam yesterday, I asked him if he was growing a beard. Peggy: Oh yeah? Tom: He said, “But not a white one like yours.”

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #286

January 15, 2015

Sam: Are you ready for some big news? Peggy: Yes, I am. Sam: I took first in trail. (pauses) And … I found out on Facebook.

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Random thoughts running Frenchtown Road

January 11, 2015

Michael woke me today and insisted I run with him. “It’ll be the last time,” he said. It’s a funny way to celebrate a launching, but that’s what it was. Last year was tough for him. He had started his adult life after graduating TCU in 2013 and then had to move back home last […]

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See Sam Drive: Tractor Edition

January 5, 2015

Sam and I re-homed the tractor today, one of many steps away from the farm and toward life in town. He drove the tractor as I followed him in the pickup, loaded up with nearly all the tractor accoutrements Mark had acquired over the years, down Frenchtown Road for the last time. Mark taught Sam […]

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