What would you do if a long-lost distant relative died and left you a zillion dollars?
If you’re tempted to say something responsible like “continue working and invest for the future,” please go have 3-6 margaritas and then try again.
Firstly, Frankie’s life really wouldn’t change hugely. We’d up the frequency of massages/chiro/acupuncture/etc and he’d get some more pro rides. But other than that, homeboy is already getting fantastic care from fantastic people. Maybe I’d get him some customized brushes, and we would build a custom saddle for both of us, and we’d also get dressage tack for the heck of it, and we’d go to a horse show every month. I don’t think he would really notice the difference (except the massages, he always wants more massages).
But Rich Me would get him some friends. A couple of them.
First off, Francis needs a mini. Either a mini donkey or a mini horse (or a mini mule?!). With a big fluffy mane and a sassy lil tail. This tiny little mini would come with us to shows, wander the farm, and provide entertainment to us all.
Francis would also get a little brother. A well-bred baby that shows potential for the upper levels. This fancy baby would go straight into the capable hands of AT to break and train and get show mileage with. I’d be the absentee mother that shows up periodically to torture the baby with hugs and kisses and ponying off of Francis, and when Frankie starts stepping down Fancy Baby would become my main mount. By that point AT will have trained Fancy Baby to be amateur-friendly as well as talented.
Francis would also get a short-term friend in the form of a lease. This lease will have recently been doing the High AOs/regional GPs, and is looking to step down to the 1.30m or lower. This Yearlong Pal will cart me around the open 1.20m and up and teach me about the bigger tracks.
Since Rich Me has two horses, Rich Me can get that much more saddle time (especially since Rich Me doesn’t have to work) and can compete in more rounds every shows. Then if the stars align and I can take Francis in the 1.20m, I’ll already have some experience and can help him out a bit more instead of both of us being green to the level.
And Rich Me has a whole lotta shows she wants to go to. In no particular order:
- Team Finals, wherever they’re held (maybe Tryon again?)
- Lake Placid because that stuff is GORG
- Vermont Summer Festival because ALSO GORG
- Penn National
- LGCT Miami (fun fact they have classes down to 1.15m, so you can compete there at a variety of levels if you qualify)
- WEF. Not the full circuit, but maybe the Great Charity Challenge and a few other classes.
- Upperville. Yeah, I know we’ve been a bunch. It’s still my favorite and Rich Me still wants to go.
BRB, gonna go buy a bunch of lottery tickets.
What does Rich You want to do?