Hello again everyone and thank you so much for
your patience while we made the move from Colorado to Louisville,
Kentucky. We literally moved our entire life to Kentucky in less
than a month and have finally settled in.
We bought a lovely home in an area known as The
Highlands in a historic section of Louisville and I am working
from my home office.
My new address is Equestrian Resources, 46 Hill
Road, Louisville, KY 40204. My website and email remain the same.
www.womenandhorses.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redge is very happy in his new home at Stone Place
Stables in Prospect, KY a mere 15 minute drive away. Stone Place
is owned by a family who has registered it as a conservation easement
never to be developed. It has 650 acres of farm land and is located
on the Ohio River. It has all the facilities Redge and I need
to train and compete in dressage and a beautiful big cross country
course and trails. Please come visit us anytime. I will be conducting
clinics there and am slowly getting the word out that I am available
for training and teaching.
This is a homecoming for me as it has been 25 years
since I lived in Kentucky. I grew up in Versailles and Lexington
and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1981. It is a
completely different environment than Boulder, Colorado and each
has its own unique beauty.
Louisville has loads of big, old hardwood trees
that are amazing towering pillars of strength and beauty. I am
surrounded by red bud, dogwood, magnolia and flowering cherry
trees which sit comfortably underneath all the giant oaks and
maples. Green grass is everywhere and the cardinals and robins
make music all day. I have been incredibly impressed by the amazing
architecture here in Louisville. It is like a living museum of
giant homes that have been preserved from over 150 years ago.
The sixties urban renewal passed Louisville by somehow and the
commercial and residential buildings stand as a testament to the
Now to the horses. Since I have only been here
a month I have a great deal to learn about the horse people mentality
but from what I have seen so far they are eager for new information
and resources that will work for them and their horse partner.
I am thrilled at the openness I am finding and feel that I have
landed back in Kentucky at the right time.
Off-the-track Thoroughbreds are the popular choice
for sport horses here which makes perfect sense since there is
a constant churn from the surrounding racetracks. Horse racing
here is like olive oil to Italians. Everyone knows a little bit
about it, whether you are a horse person or not. Horse lingo is
common lingo around here and it is nice to be back in familiar
Most people I have watched ride are doing so with
training from the 70s as I call it when there was a huge wave
of Europeans that entered into American horse sports. The World
Eventing Championships came to Kentucky and America for the first
time in 1978. I was a volunteer at those championships and have
been in love with horse sports ever since. Previously all I had
known were hunters and Saddlebreds.
Most trainers and instructors that I have seen
so far are teaching very traditionally and using close contact
saddles perched up on the withers. And most of the horses I have
seen are doing the job but not enjoying their job. They are typically
a bit rough coated, have underdeveloped muscles and plodding along.
I hope to infuse "life" into the community here
by offering education which will create healthy "shining" relationships.
I want to see the riders aligned and balanced, saddles properly
fitted and placed, and horses that are dancing and loving what
they are doing with a bright light in their eyes.
It will be a slow process and I will be respectful
of where people are in their lives and in their riding but will
offer them an opportunity to do something special in their horse
Redge is a great example of what horses can be
and I always look at a horse with the thought "What could this
horse really be in life?" I look for their potential no matter
what it may be.
Redge is happy, quiet, respectful, loving, playful,
listening, having fun on all the wide open fields with me and
enjoying exploring his new environment. His inner peace and contentedness
shows through his spirit, his physical and mental health and his
outlook toward me and other humans. This is what I want for every
So I am on a new journey. It is very exciting and
I have so much ahead of me that I want to do. Several new books,
DVDs, teaching and training, clinics plus starting a "Horse Power
for Youth" project here in Louisville. We bring at-risk and low
income teens and the horse community together to create job and
career opportunities for the teens in the horse industry.
My books and The InBalance
Oil are available as always on my website. I am processing
all orders again and appreciate your patience in receiving them
while I was in the middle of the move.
My husband, Tom Aronson, is the new Vice President
of Churchill Downs, Incorporated. We are thrilled with this new
opportunity and who knows what this association will bring to
our lives. I have access to the racetrack facilities and am brainstorming
on how I will use them to benefit horse people and horses.
Stay tuned for my May/Kentucky Derby month newsletter!
It is Derby fever here throughout the entire month of April. It
should be a fun ride. Watch for me on TV Derby Day, I will be
the only one wearing a red hat! HaHa!!
With sincere gratitude from the Derby City,
New Phone Numbers: Office 502-552-1195