Jakes had a wonderful day at the farm this weekend. Here is Jill's version of what went down........
It happened yesterday. I was fired. Not let down easily, but told that I have been replaced by someone much better. You may wonder, how does the owner of a farm get fired? Easily, one of my students fired me. His name is Jacob and I have written in the past about Jacob on my blog. He is quite a colorful fixture at the farm. Jacob has one goal, to someday be an instructor at this farm. The problem, he is scared to death of going any faster than a walk on a horse.
One of my instructors, Tori, brought her mom to the farm. At one time, her mother, Eileen, was an elite equestrian, showing throughout the country, teaching, and managing her own horses at her home. At first Eileen was walking around the ring aimlessly when I encouraged Eileen to help with the lessons. Her face lit up, she would love to help out she told me. She had been rather despondent over the passing of her mother and Tori thought it would be a good idea for her to come out and soak up the fresh air, the excitement of the students, and of course to watch the beautiful horses.
Tori was backed up with lessons and so was I. That’s when Eileen, always the consummate professional stepped up to the plate and volunteered to take the next student, Jacob.
Off Jacob went with Milkshake and Miss Eileen to the round pen. He came back glowing. He was so excited that he said that he had just experienced the best lesson. No one could teach like Miss Eileen, he said. Miss Eileen got him over the fear of trotting. He trotted four times around my 60 foot round pen. This was monumental for Jacob. Judging by the look on her face it was monumental to her too. I saw a tear escape from under her dark sunglasses. Jacob patted her shoulder. She hugged him and he hugged her. They shared what few experience in this world, a mutual respect. He respected her for instilling in him confidence to do what he thought was impossible. She respected him because she learned that she still has the love to inspire others to become their best.
Thanks Eileen for helping out. I believe you were hired by Jacob! I will see you Saturday!
You can check out Jill's original post at : http://anythingforhorseandrider.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/yourre-fired/