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Susan Williamson – Horse Happy

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In 2017 I posted an article, “Horseless in the Tidewater”. Those who know us best might have predicted we would not remain that way. First it was occasional riding lessons—both teaching and receiving, and in return, riding the trails on the magnificent Westover Plantation. Then it was a paid job helping Lynn Leg with her competitive driving horses and minis.

I made a few trips to Legacy Saddlebreds in Winston-Salem as a substitute teacher and accompanied them to the Academy National Show in Tennessee.

We visited several Virginia Stables and attended shows and the American Saddlebred Association of Virginia meetings.

And then, Michael Eure started James River Stables in Prince George. We came to help and I partnered in the teaching of riding lessons, something I had missed. We found a wonderful Arabian gelding to serve as our beginner/intermediate lesson horse.

And then, a good friend of Michael’s had a mare she needed to sell. The mare required a special diet—we went to look at the mare—and then, we fell in love. Thanks to Natalie Hamer for allowing us to purchase Sunset’s Lydia.

My husband hopes to show the mare in driving classes, and I look forward to riding her when all of this isolation ends.

So now we are purchasing horse items that we gave away before moving. But at least they will stay at James River Stables, along with Lydia. (She would not fit in our back yard.)

We are no longer horseless in the Tidewater.

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