So much has changed since the last issue. Our shows, events, and expos have been cancelled, the world is in a bit of a free fall, and we are all self-monitoring to a strange, but necessary degree.
It is an odd time, when so much is unknown and people’s lives are upended, to publish local news and show results, but it is also a helpful reminder to what we are hoping and waiting for: a return to normalcy. To enjoy our hobbies, friends, and families with no restrictions, to be able to hug at the end of a tough day, or great ride.
With that said, Flying Changes Magazine will continue to share the world of Pacific Northwest Sporthorses with you to the degree that we are able, and during times like this I welcome photos, news, stories, and encouragement for our readership more than ever. Please don’t hesitate to send me whatever feels pertinent to you and your horse world. There are truly no wrong answers. Those materials can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this issue I present for your enjoyment: some wonderful local news from the recent Desert Circuit, a fantastic personal essay by Mary Cuevas about her journey to a Silver Medal and the lessons she learned from her beloved horse, Dante, as well as some valuable training tips. And of course, our club news section can be found at the back of the magazine, which remains my favorite part of the publication. It is uplifting during difficult times to see updates and photos from our equine friends from afar, and to know the horse community is there ready to re-engage as soon as we are able.
I leave the above photo here to remind us all why we do it. We love horses. Hopefully, with luck, many of you are able to still see your animals and ride and take lessons, to keep enjoying your favorite thing in the world. May the quiet moments and extra practice at home calm our anxieties and keep us positive. The shows will return, as will our regular lives. When we get to leave this crisis behind, let us do so with new awareness and appreciation: for connectivity, for being together, for human touch, for travel, and for whatever else has started missing from your life. I am wishing you all the best during this truly unique and difficult time, especially as it relates to your jobs, homes, and your health.
Take pause and appreciate the barn aisle, and when you can and send me any news from your world. I look forward to hearing from you.