written by Bobby C. Yes, THE Bobby. No autographs please.
I know… you haven’t heard from me in a while and you missed me. Don’t worry, I’m back, and I’m here to help. You’ve heard a lot about Amanda and her favorite things, but I’m sure, like me, you’re thinking the same thing I am: WHO CARES WHAT AMANDA’S FAVORITE THINGS ARE! So to spare you from another post from Amanda about herself, I am hijacking her blog for the day to share MY favorite things! Well ok, not all of them are things. How about “Bobby’s Favorites”? Let’s go with that. Not necessarily in order of favoritism, of course:
1. My “ensemble”: The saddle (le sigh)…. Thank you Dustin and Silhouette Saddlery! The gloves (le sigh)… Thank you Amanda and Roeckl! The Helmet (le sigh)…. Thank you Charles Owen for donating a helmet to AEC and Halo for winning it!
2. Obviously Halo – no matter how many times I drop him in front of a jump, or pull to the base where he has to climb over a massive table, or run him past our distance, this sweet soul always goes and always takes care of me. I fear the day I lose him, so I cherish every day I have – I do think he may be my ‘once in a lifetime’ horse. He’s goofy, he’s so sweet, his personality is priceless and he tries his heart out for me every.single.time. Sweet Jesus, I just made myself emotional! There aren’t words for how much I adore this sweet kind horse – his talent is as huge as his heart.
3. Amanda Chance – no need to adjust your monitor, I did write Amanda Chance, the very same one that is the usual author of this blog. She has gone from being the girl I yelled “YO CHANCE” at across the barn yard (which would always result in me getting flipped off. Actually still does.) to being one of my closest friends. She’s pushed me to push myself (mainly through insults and trying to emasculate me) and surprisingly I am very grateful to her for that. With a little courage and a lot of hard work we are actually running Training (and having a blast!) when I truly never thought I would ever compete at that level again. Although I could do with less insults.
But she’s literally played ‘straight eye for the queer guy’ and transformed everything I own from cheap and tacky to classy and top notch. She’s my partner in crime and we usually come up with the same wild ideas almost simultaneously. Go big or go home. The genius of the truck bed tent was totally hers though, credit where credit is due. And who else is going to give me coordinating black and red gloves in a glittery princess gift bag for my birthday? And when I have a tire blow out and am running seriously late for a show, I get to the barn to find my horse already braided and bathed – who does that? She secretly loves me. I have to say, she’s pretty damn lucky I found her at a very rainy MeadowCreek HT in November of 2014. We have a pretty freaking amazing time in whatever we’re doing and are pretty gifted at entertaining ourselves and those around us by proxy – lucky bitches!
4. Dr. Norton of Elgin Vet Clinic because she has literally and I mean literally (you have no idea) been keeping Halo alive since 2007. It hasn’t been easy.
5. Sherri and Charlie – the dynamic duo who own the barn (and are long time friends). Sherri has played vet tech with me for years – I think she and I are more versed in the names and application of equine pharmaceuticals then we ever wanted to be? Little side note there… she literally held Fabel (my old eventing mare I’d had for 29 years) while she died because I was traveling and couldn’t get a flight back. Wow – made myself tear up twice in one post. As for Charlie, every barn needs a Charlie. He tirelessly works to make the barn the best it can be and he’s always there to help with our mechanical incompetence!
6. Amanda Merritt of Anchor Equestrian (I have way too many Amanda’s in my life) for being the most badass instructor. She found me some big girl panties and strapped them onto me with duct tape. She’s taught me to trust Halo at the higher speeds on XC, and she’s just so damn smart, insightful, and talented. Yet another Amanda that is very lucky to have found me.
7. My rig. I’ve NEVER had my own rig. I still love saying “My rig”. My beloved little 2016 Toyota Tacoma named Link (from the small but mighty Link from the Legend of Zelda) and my beautiful “antique” 1997 Brenderup trailer (affectionately named Wynona – look at the picture, that’s a Wynona). We easily fit just about anywhere and she’s lightweight so I don’t need a behemoth truck. Freedom is such a beautiful thing! To quote one of my favorite movies: “I say who, I say when, I say WHO!” – name that movie!
8. Zephyr’s Garden Anti-Fungal Spray. I know I did a dual review with Amanda on this one but Halo is STILL fungus free. After clearing up the fungus with regular use, I now give two sprays a week to prone areas and nothing has grown. This stuff is MAGIC. As you can see from my list of favorites, I don’t go crazy for products. If it’s a favorite thing, it’s awesome. After years and years of the fungus battle, I’ve finally won! HOLLER!
9. Equicare Flysect Citronella. I really love this fly spray but not for any functional reason, its mainly nostalgic. Don’t get me wrong, the lanolin sticks to the hair and repels the pests very well but I’d never laud it as the best ever because I’ve not done a comparison. I remember my mom used to buy this brand for the horses way back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and they still haven’t changed the label in all these years. That specific smell of citronella takes me back to when I first started riding, when my mom used to ride, to when I first rode Fabel – it’s funny how smells can take you back. I buy this so I can travel back in time. Again HUSH – MY FAVES, not HERS! Logic need not apply.
10. Always save the best for last: Dustin. He puts up with me, he puts up with my love of Halo, he tolerates my required horseback ride in every country we visit, he supports me unconditionally AND he bought me that amazing custom saddle – need I say more? NO you cannot have him. I will sell hair follicles for cloning though….
So, there you have it. Maybe not your traditional ‘favorites’ list, but at least be grateful you were spared, for a day, the typical boring ramblings of Chance.