Good Morning Dear Friends,
I have spent so much time this week not only enjoying myself and romping about in the paddock with my pal, TASTY, but also thinking! So many different things are always happening at the farm, in our sport, with MY TEAM, and YOU…that there is a great deal to reflect upon each day. It sure keeps ME busy…and involved. I feel so fortunate and hope in some way I am helping to make my sport more ‘fun’ for you!
During the time that Jaime was doing my life-size painting, THE QUEEN’S DANCE, (which I’ve just heard the limited edition print is completely sold out…wow, thank you. I hope you truly enjoy it)…she would come out to Lane’s End and take numerous photos of ME! Jaime spent a significant amount of time with ME. She really wanted to observe the many intricate details of each muscle of my body. She also wanted to get to know ME… ZENYATTA! I’ve been told I have a wonderful personality…a very sweet face… and a kind heart! From what I’ve heard, she observed all of these qualities in ME.
One beautiful autumn day, she took the above photo! I do have a very pensive and thoughtful side to my personality. I think she captured it here.
As a professional athlete, I was able to totally focus and concentrate on the tasks at hand each day in my training program. MY JOHN always felt this was one of the keys to my racing success…the ability to work with MY TEAM towards achieving the goals we ALL shared.
At the farm, I am still able to do this…especially when something catches my attention. Here, I am concentrating on Jaime and all of the different images she wanted to capture of ME!
As you may notice, in this photo, I’m wearing one of my ‘foal tags’. It is the small, round tag attached to my halter with my name on it. In March, when my baby is born, he or she will also wear a foal tag exactly like this one bearing MY NAME on it. This is the manner in which all mares and their foals are properly identified at a farm.
I guess you could say this is the one form of JEWELRY I wear each day!
Many of you have asked for some additional photos of ME and other items. In my new SHOP, these things…the foal tag collections…and some select photos are becoming available. This photo may be found now here. We wanted it to be special for YOU.
Congratulations to Jaime! She is not only a fabulous artist….she is one terrific photographer as well.
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs to All~(I must say, it is great to see Kari Bussell feeling well enough to post a Diary entry earlier this week. This is such fabulous news! Via your Diary comments, so many of you sent her ‘prayers and well-wishes’. I’m sure your thoughtfulness helped her ‘feel so much better’! THANK YOU! You are ALL so special!)