It's been two months and I absolutely LOVE what I've been able to do. I get to interview my heroes! The Pulitzer winner, former US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass (love his work), the author of one of my favorite books, The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe, and....
1. Julie Goodnight: I've been DVR'ing her show, Horse Master, almost since it began. I love her style. She's a common-sense woman, and she has her special way. She's also a great communicator to riders of how they can improve. She's been training since 1987, but I didn't find her until 2008. The conversation was fascinating to me--especially the part about what the most dangerous horse behavior is--their kill move.
2. Jenn Grant: I fell in love with the CBC series--a horse rescue family drama, Heartland, and I blogged about it here. The theme song to it is Dreamer, by Jenn Grant, and when I heard her voice I found out who she was and bought all her CDs. She's well-known in Canada, but just being discovered in the States. She writes her own music--she's spiritual and wise beyond her years--and our conversation was amazing. Last year she was nominated for a Juno-award (Canada's Grammy) and her mother was dying from cancer at the same time. She opened up about that and her thoughts about the whole process--which was, for me, very comforting to hear. Her show was so popular, it quickly became the highest listened to on all BTR--#1 out of 65,000 shows. I was very happy for her and I hope everyone finds her music--it's kind of life-changing.
Also coming up, an interview with COWGIRL, Nashville singer/songwriter Templeton Thompson. She has a song called Cowgirl Creed that I fell in love with -- and she wrote and recorded the music for Buck Brannaman's 7 Clincis DVDs. She is a real horsewoman--loves her horses--and she writes music about them. Her songs have also been recorded by Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, and Little Texas, to name a few. She was recording a music video with Cindy Meehl when I contacted her. It's fun to see how one thing leads to another.
I also have an upcoming interview with another of my favorite poets, Claudia Emerson (Late Wife--my fave book ever), Sandra Bierman (my fave artist) and a few others. I'm having a lot of fun with them.
My own horses are doing GREAT. I got Old Red through the winter with lots of weight on him. The other horses have thrived. We've had a ton of ranch related issues though. Right as the weather turned cold, the heated/automatic waterers started to short out. The ground was frozen, so we had to turn them off and revert back to the hose and heaters--walking the hoses out to make sure they're drained and all that other fun stuff--like the old days! We haven't been able to do much because of the ice and snow that plagued us for almost two months, but the horses didn't seem to mind. We had snow on the ground longer than any year I can remember. We're just now starting to see grass again--but not everywhere.
I can't wait for spring!!!
Happy Trails, horse friends!