April showers bring May flowers! Spring is here! Time to reconnect with terra firma. I just came back from the other side of the Atlantic and things have begun to bloom there too. This trip took me in the county of Aragon in the town of Yeguada and Huesca where I met breeders of the Andalusian horse. Out of several incredible stallions that I had a chance to meet and ride there was one that was golden...literally. He is the 6 year old buckskin stallion Fluvi. The perfect dance partner. The pictures tell it all. The process of bringing him to America has begun. If all goes well many of you will get to meet and ride him before he goes for sale to find his own personal human. As always, I am humbled by the Spanish hospitality and love of horse.
Notice the picture on the top left of this newsletter. It is the famous drawing titled, "Ecuestre Molecular" from Salvador Dali. I only recently became acquainted with his work and was struck by some coincidences. First, my time in Spain has been in Catalonia which is also this artists birthplace. Second, my Spanish constituents have baptized my work as Molecular Equitation since the focus is the magical process that occurs between human and horse explained. Curious how nothing is ever new, just recycled. Reminds me also of an old Indian adage that says:
learning is simply a process of remembering what we already know
This months ΦΟΤΟ CORNER features the photo story of Eva Karkas and her gelding Wish. Photos inspire hope and encourage us to stay patient, consistent and focused with our equine partners. They are also a way to connect all of you to each other. Talking about connecting to terra firma, Eva is a master landscaper as well as a dedicated horsewoman extraordinaire. She organizes all my New Jersey clinics. And if poisonous plants are of interest she has a July 12 and October 25 "walk and talk" on just that! Let me know if you wish to join us.
Once again I am crafting my 2013 clinic schedule and gearing up to meet old friends and new ones. Hope to see you at some of the upcoming events.
Maria with my new friend Neutron