The re-entry of horses into my life happened for a reason and I had become what I had dreaded the most - a boring, workaholic, Washington working woman who had no life outside of work. The perks were great, my grocery bill was zero due to my expense account, but life had become routine, dull, and a major illness caught my attention. Not to bore you with the details, I finally realized that I needed a major change and Dolly was it.
Dolly was dogmatic. She was not easy and it became apparent over time that she was not what the doctor had really ordered. Our pinnacle was our trip to the Upperville Horse Show, something that I dreamed about when I was a little girl and while Dolly wasn't "Upperville material" we did manage to bring home a green ribbon that day (sixth place) a joy that I have never forgotten. We found a great home for her in a girls' boarding school in Maryland where she lived out her days being doted on by loving co-eds who were as horse crazy as I was at that age. She did well for herself in the end.
I think about Dolly often as she opened so many doors for me and I can truly say the few summers I had with her were some of the best of my life in many ways. She gave me a lot and for that I am so grateful. My next horse was a gelding, Al, and he was also a thoroughbred, but we were better suited. But Dolly was the spark, the impetus for so much change in my life. For that I will forever be grateful to her.