Well, another Suffolk Showcase has come and gone. I am totally, utterly exhausted. But it is totally, utterly worth every second of work we’ve put into it over the past few weeks.
We had a good turnout, despite the overcast day. Lots of folks came out to see horses and many were ready to take a horse home that day, which is always nice. By my count we already had almost ten sold to good homes today alone, with many others in serious contention for new homes in the coming days. I can’t tell you how nice it was to walk around afterward showing horses to the group I was with only to have another group appear around the corner to look at him too. And all this without the benefit of a professional sales staff and a sales catalog published weeks in advance!
Any undertaking of this magnitude has the potential for disaster. But it truly is a testament to everyone who participates that every year we have a wonderful, incident free event that does what it sets out to do: find horses new homes. I don’t think I could ever mention each and every person who works so hard both behind and in front of the scenes to make this happen. But please indulge me in a mass thank-you for a quick second.
To the staff and management of Suffolk Downs: thank you for your support and your willingness to give us anything we may need. To the trainers, grooms, exercise riders and other horsemen (and women): thank you for your patience, your flexibility, your good humor on the day of the sale and for seeking us out to help you find your horses new homes. To the horses (yes, I know they can’t read, but stick with me): thank you for behaving and wowing the crowd each year; we know we’re taking you out of your usual comfort zone and disrupting your schedule to go parade you in front of a group of people yet you always perform like the professionals you are. To CANTER NE’s board members and volunteers: thank you for your endless hours taking listings, planning events, doing paperwork, managing the books, securing foster homes, etc., etc., etc., etc.
Suffolk Showcase really marks the beginning of the end of our work as we approach the end of the meet at Suffolk Downs. The next three weeks are filled with lots of work to do and lots of horses who still need homes. We’ll be working at capacity to get it all done, but we have a great jump start from our Showcase. The reward will most certainly be in the growing list of horses who find good homes. Stay tuned!