When I was young and just getting into horses, I had a MySpace account because I didn’t have a cell phone, and that was the way I could keep in touch with my barn friends (mostly Felicia so we could talk about Sunny, who was the horse I leased before I got Dante). Through MySpace, I was also able to become friends with a girl named Jessica Forsyth and watch the amazing things she did with her horse Boomer. They were larger than life to me, both incredibly beautiful and talented, and had an unbreakable bond. We lost Jess nearly 10 years ago, when I was 11 and she was 14. I lost track of Boomer for awhile, but pretty quickly found that he had ended up in the care of Brandi Reinert at MoonRock Ranch. I, of course, sent her an email when I saw on her website that she had a “barn girl” program. I didn’t hear back from Brandi until I was at the tail end of my high school career, but when I did, it was because she was looking for somebody to spend time with Boomer. I still remember the exact moment I got her email and where I was, and telling my mom, “I’m going to get to play with Boomer, THE Boomer!”
Fast-forward about 5 years, Brandi is one of my greatest friends, my soul-sister, and helped me more than she will EVER know through the loss of Dante. I could write bunches about what a brilliant spirit she is, but this post isn’t even about her. It’s about a pair of brilliant twins who have enriched my lives beyond compare because of Brandi having me become a part of the MRR fam.
Olivia and Alexis are really special girls because they understand the deep connection between human & horse. (Anybody who knows them can vouch for that). The other really special thing about them, as friends, is that they really listen. Which is perhaps what makes them both astounding horsewomen. Quite awhile ago, I told them whenever I lost Dante that eventually, when I had a permanent home, I was going to make a garden where I could go to think about him. Put out a pretty bench, plant some royal blue flowers (Dante’s favorite color) and get a pretty wooden sign to put in the ground that said “Dante’s Garden” on it. Lex gave me this garden stone today, and I have to say that it’s one of, if not the most, thoughtful gift I’ve ever received. I can’t wait to put it in his garden someday.
It sounds so trite, but I am so thankful for such great friends. Thank you Jess and Boom Boy, my life would be so less full if I didn’t have my MoonRock Ranch girls.