Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Miles, and Miles Before We Sleep & Olympic Tidbits by Kadi Eykamp

I’m writing this from the quiet of my apartment in uptown Dallas,  now back from Ocala and back to the long roads that eventing in Texas is all about. I’m barely over the long drive out of Red Hills and next week head back up to a fabulous event, The Fork. What made the drive from Red Hills more strenuous was flooding rains that also caused an accident that held us for an hour in stopped traffic then having a major highway cut making us go via Houston. That really hurt, days of little sleep and having to drive further really sucked.

Dillon on the treadmill
This last weekend was spent at a dressage show coaching my dressage students that couldn’t make the Ocala pilgrimage. I worried they felt a bit stranded without tuition while I had been eventing in Ocala. So I left Dillon under the care of my husband Mark who happily took Dillon to the underwater treadmill facility, Selway, and he also did a  trot set the following day! The dressage show was at the venue where the AEC’s will be next year- the Texas Rose Horse Park. It’s a wonderful facility that is used to host eventing, dressage, jumper shows and Western.  I had a moment to chat to the owner Kim, who is quietly excited with this fantastic opportunity on behalf of Texas to host this massive event. The venue is a super choice with terrain and footing that are simply fabulous even before any work goes in. Kim is a wonderfully modest lady who I can tell is going to work her resources to make this already great facility perfect for everyone.

With a month till Rolex Dillon had a couple of days off after Red Hills. I was happy with is jumping, having no faults and reading all the jumps well. I was able to train x/c with the master, Bruce Davidson a couple of times in Ocala and took a course drive, (not walk!) around the Red Hills course under his direction. My biggest moment with his help was the talk he had with me after, when he came back to the stalls and found me to say how he drove around after me while I was on course and was pleased with everything! What a great confidence boost!

All my horses back at Normandy Farms that I have to event this year and are a bit fresher than fit but are getting back into routine, they are aiming to start in May at Feather Creek. Otherwise my time has also been spent in finalizing the requirements for the Australian Olympic lists. We are required to get both Medical and Physical Therapy screenings.  Fitting in the PT this last week was a fun experience. Jeff Rau, the PT was such a nice person and really interested in helping complete my forms in time for the April deadline. I found I wasn’t as supple as I was leading up to Athens but apparently I’m still fully capable of my job! So now I know! At the doctor screening I had an ECG that showed I have an abnormal heart. The doctor re assured that my heart beat is slower than average  due to being fit, and this caused the machine to flag me as out of the normal range!!! Nice!   Dr. Jo Bailey did my screening, the owner of Normandy Farms, where I have my horses and I owe her a big Thank You.

Have a great month with your horses!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Not withstanding the toll of the advanced cross country on Saturday, both Michael Pollard and Clark Montgomery managed to lead from start to finish winning the Advanced divisions at Southern Pines II Horse Trials.

Michael Pollard & Jude's Law
Clark Montgomery & Loughan Glen

With weather looming both riders had clear show jumping rounds in their respective divisions over a tight show jumping course built by Marc Donovon. Both Jude's Law and Loughan Glen looked full of class and well recovered after Saturday's beefy cross country test. Clark and Michael are both looking forward to their spring plans with Jude's Law slated to prep at The Fork and possibly Jersey Fresh and Loughan Glen aimed at The Fork and the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Becky Holder and Can't Fire Me and Kristin Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken finished 2nd and third respectively after Michael in the Advanced-A division. Will Faudree and Pawlow placed second behind Clark in the Advanced-B division followed once again by Becky Holder this time with Courageous Comet.

2012 PRO Tour Series - Southern Pines Day 2

Tremaine Cooper's cross country courses definitely took a bite out of competitiors in the early going of the Intermediate and Advanced divisions at Southern Pines with both water complexes proving tricky. After a slew of falls at the Duck Pond, fence 11, on the Intermediate course the fence was removed but not before both Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin got a chance for an early morning swim along with several other riders.

The third element, the bank to the skinny out of the large water complex on the advanced course for a time seemed confusing to horses who just seemed unable to read the question well. But riders soon figured out that a really forward aggressive ride was absolutely necessary to negotiate the questions involved. In Advanced-A Michael Pollard had a super ride all the way around on Jude's Law and remains as the overnight leader with Holly Payne and Madeline moving into second after the little mare took on the robust course and didn't let it bother her in the slightest. Sadly, she studded herself and will not be able to continue on for show jumping. Advanced-B leader Clark Montgomery continued a marvelous run with Loughan Glen that seemed almost effortless at times. This pair really is a combination for the future. Will Faudree has a rough morning on his early rides but gave Pawlow a very positive ride to negotiate all aspects of the course well and stands in second place going into the final phase.

Arden and Il Vici
Young Rider Arden Wildasin, won $1,000 in bonus contingency money the SSG " Go Low For The Dough" promotion on her horse IL Vici in the intemediate division wearing her SSG Eventer gloves. She was super excited to win and thought her horse was just amazing today. With no riders inside the time in the Advanced division the SSG bonus contigency money will rollover and increase to $1,500 for Sunday's final Advanced show jumoing round.

Southern Pines also welcomed a large crew of Operation Homefront families from nearby Fort Bragg. The added to the atmosphere, cheering on horse and riders cross country and later came to meet riders and horses in stabling. Thanks to Boyd Martin, Clark Montgomery and Sinead Halpin and super groom Lindsey Taylor for being part of the fun!

Lindsey with Remmington and Friends!
Riders with some of the Fort Bragg Crowd
Sunday's schedule includes the Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced show jumping rounds with the additional entertainment of a parade of local hounds and the PRO Race & Ride Relay featuring riders racing on stick horses and relaying off to juniors who will jump a course. The teams were autioned off last night at the Britches & Bling Party and $2,000 was raised in support of Operation Homefront North Carolina!

Friday, March 23, 2012

2012 PRO Tour: Southern Pines II - Day One

Southern Pines II kicks off the 2012 PRO Tour Series and both the weather and the dressage rides were hot today with many top pairs in both Advanced divisions of dressage. Michael Pollard and Jude's Law put in a beautiful test to take the early lead on a 25.30 in Advanced-A. He leads Boyd Martin and Otis Barbotiere by only a slim margin going into Saturday's cross country phase. Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen showed their class, scoring a 24.70 in Advanced-B with Allison Springer and Arthur close behing on a score of 25.90.

Tremaine Cooper's Advanced cross country course looks big and bold and should prove influential to the standings. Announcer, Ed Holloway, interviews the leaders after day one of dressage with a preview of what is to come on cross country tomorrow.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I Am A Travelin' Girl, Part II By Cat Hill

Last time I checked in I was heading down to the Pine Top Advanced. Now, here I am a month later getting ready to head out to Southern Pines. Time sure does fly! I’ve certainly been busy in the interim, logging a few thousand more miles on the old Subaru and spending a few more hours singing to the hound dog. (Don’t judge, after 13 hours in a car you might be a little nutty too!)

The Pine Top weekend was certainly a full one. I ate at Tako Sushi with my favorite Alabamian who showed up on that rainy Friday with much needed coffee.  I worked on one of my favorite event horses out there, a red-head named Houston who is simply the sweetest advanced Eventer I’ve ever met.  I got him looking a little extra special for his first trip down to Red Hills, and trust me, there is not another horse on this planet that I would stand behind while he’s loose in his paddock and pull tail hairs! It’s a little tricky trying to find the rhythm when I only appear for the shows, but the Surefire team runs quite smoothly so it’s really easy to walk in and get to work. It helps too that Jan has just lovely horses. I like every one of my charges in that barn but I must confess to having a little crush on that Syd Kent. Watching Bettina Hoy work with Jan and Syd was probably the highlight of the weekend, I love watching master class lessons. It lights a fire for my own riding and teaching and I tend to go home pretty charged up! Friday at Pine Top had me wondering if Eby’s float and did anyone have paddles? Saturday was bittersweet. Pirate was the Surefire teams’ first horse on course and Megan totally rocked it! Syd was next up and left the box looking like a superstar but got held shortly thereafter. It is always nerve wracking to have a hold with your horse and rider on course, we all want to see those ears come between those flags sooner rather than later. My heart went out to Megan Moore and her team for not getting that moment, and seeing Wyatt, Syd and Pirate on the trailer looking forward to another day made me want to give them as many cookies as they could eat. 

                  I bid farewell to SC again and trekked homewards. The hound was totally exhausted and snored the entire way to Virginia Beach where we spent some quality time with old friends for the night and then home on Monday to get on my horse and remind myself that I needed to hack him for a few days, not get on and try to channel Bettina right away! I skipped Red Hills since Jan was not going, and my other main client is recovering from surgery. Shannon Lilley and her “Ballingowan Pizzaz” or Mango, is another of my teams and although sidelined for a little while that woman is made entirely of iron held together by drive and I’m certain we will be travelling together again soon! So I spent Red Hills weekend prepping my young Event Team for their first outing of the season. Last weekend we loaded up and took 6 teenage girls and went to a schooling combined test. It’s quite an adjustment going from Kentucky prep to first ever combined test. It really reminds you of the roots of the sport. At some point every one of those Advanced riders rose their first dressage test in an open field. Our kids really did a great job and I was proud to be there with each and every one of them. A couple learned that staying in the dressage ring might be the hardest part of a Beginner Novice test, and that on certain horses you can’t take any jump for granted, but I think (hope?!) that every one of them left with a desire to do it again.

                  The next few weeks should be quite exciting, starting with Southern Pines, and then packing up the “Galloping Vet” Dr. Keane to move North. The next weekend is the first cross-country school with the Foxmoor Event Team and then heading straight to The Fork. Until then!

Cat Hill, is a free lance professional groom and rider. She most recently groomed for Shannon Lilley at the Pan Am Games.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Red Hills Recap by Whitney Weston

Hello PRO fans! I continue to tell my story of traveling East for the winter from rainey Oregon to the sunny Ocala, FL. This past month has been full of events, training, and competition. 

It has been wonderful to absorb so much knowledge not only from riding and competing,
but by living and breathing horses. I have had the opportunity to watch several Grand Prix 
show jumpers at HITS, the High Performance training sessions with the Captain, 
and compete all over Florida. In this post I would like to focus on the most recent event
at Red Hills.

Red Hills is the talk of eventers every spring. It is renouned for its competitor parties, thousands of spectators, and crazy challenging courses. Check out the fantasticalness at: http://www.rhht.org/

The venue is beautiful, with security surrounding the horse barns (which had cool "circus-like" tents over top the stalls). Grooms had to wear gold admission bracelets and riders green ones. The staff was so friendly and were constantly driving around in golf carts offering competitors and grooms rides to their destinations! I was really happy about this since the xc course was 15 minutes of backroads away from the stables. I'm not joking: I made the decision to never try to find the course on my own because I got lost in the woods the first time. Luckily it was so easy to hail a "cab"! 

I have never seen a competition with such involvement of the community. The police were there guiding traffic, security officers patrolling the grounds, mounted posse, buses bringing in spectators from the town center, and van shuttles taking spectators to the cross country and show jumping courses. There was a huge trade fair with shops, pony rides, fair food, and even a shark pet tank! This really pumped up the volume and atmosphere. When I rode to cross country, there was a white chain link and post lane parading us right through the trade fair where spectators clapped, wished us good luck and checked us out in the program. I felt like a celebrity! The same on course: so many people there (with security of course) cheering on after every fence!

This weekend I had only my two top horses (mare extravaganza): "Fizzy", Gin Fizz in Prelim and "Lusty", Rock-On Rose, in Advanced

Dressage day was a very busy experience. Fizzy trotted out from the security area at stabling and saw the wall of spectators, stopped dead in her tracks.
Fizzy: "you want me to do WHAT?"
Fizzy was definitely "high", but was focusing well on the task at hand despite the crowds.
I was so proud of her!! She had a great test putting her in 6th place on a score of 33.
Lusty had the same reaction as Fizzy with the crowds: "!!!!", but I just kept relaxed myself and lusty went right to work. We had the best test to date, 41 in advanced, I was so pleased!
I had my work cut out for me in cross country. Not only was I unfamiliar with the course (my first time there), but every jump was hidden and sneaky around a turn, which you couldn't see because of the thick forest. I walked both the prelim and the advanced track 4 times. Thats a lota miles......but well worth it. I made "friends" with the courses and felt ready about every line, every turn, every jump. I was so fortunate to have Fizzy at Red Hills so I could test out and feel the terrain before taking lusty out advanced. Fizzy was AMAZING. Never putting a foot wrong, I never took a tug, and she just ate up that course like it was sunday brunch. Fizzy had the fastest time out of all the prelim horses. 

Lusty and I taking a nap before XC
A great start to the day, I knew I had to ride Lusty just like that and really go for it. I was able to watch some three star horses go (our courses were very similar with only a few different combinations). Buck was great and walked around the course with me commenting on what riders did right and what I should not duplicate! 

After watching a few combinations I felt calm and ready to go. This course had everything: maxed out galloping fences, skinny combinations up and down steep hills, corners, the biggest trakhener I have ever seen, and my favorite: a steep gallop down hill to a big drop into water, three strides, up bank bounce to a vertical hedge. It was a challenge for sure, but everything rode beautifully.
I was so ecstatic with the day, very proud of my girls! 
After a long afternoon of icing walking and poulticing, a nice dinner was well deserved, great BBQ, Red Hills!

Sunday left show jumping. Fizzy was at the end of division B (3rd place good girl!), so I was able to watch a few rides in A. This was Fizzy's type of course; it was set on a steep hill with rolling terrain and thick grass. The ring was surrounded on two sides with high bleachers filled to the brim with spectators, the third side a huge tent with people at tables eating brunch, and the last side with banners and flags as tall as the trees. To say the least there was a bit of atmosphere ;) Even so Fizzy jumped amazing and smooth, zooming around the turns and staying so focused! She ended in her 3rd place and we had a nice interview with Samantha Clark at EN, see below:

Fizzy show jump
Fizzy victory gallop!
Lusty's course was the same as the three star, so I was able to walk a little early and watch some of the three star ride before I got on. As always, it's a little daunting riding right after Phillip, but ride we did! Lusty was great, and we finished with a few rails, but overall I am so proud of the weekend. Fizzy has really stepped up to the plate this winter and I finished my first advanced!!! And what an advanced it was, I now feel ready for whatever the season will throw at us. Keep  posted for next month's follow up, Thank you PRO!!!!
Jump like you mean it!!!
-Whitney Weston

Me sitting on a large advanced table, wider than I am tall!!
Whitney Weston hails from Roseburg, Oregon where she runs Westwood Stables. She has been spending the winter and part of the spring training in Ocala, Florida and competing in east coast events.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The CDP Stables Gang by Ryan Smith

First of all, I’d just like to say thank you to Samantha from PRO for the opportunity to blog a little bit and also whoever is taking the time to actually read it. You rock!

Technically, this is Charlie (Plumb’s) blog, but since his typing skills are…not as good as mine, I will have to take his place. A little about us: we are a semi-private eventing facility in Southern Pines, NC; we have 13 horses at this time (11 of which are competition horses), and if the word “family” could ever apply to a work team, it applies to us. We are a close-knit group and have more inside jokes than we could ever explain. You’ll usually find us listening to “Shots” at full volume before cross-country or pointing out stains on each others’ breeches. Yes, we are sometimes “those people” in restaurants that you just want to smack because we’re causing so much commotion, but we’re really quite a good time! I promise!

So March is halfway through and we have now gone to three USEA horse trials this season (Pine Top I and II, Southern Pines I). The boys have all been super (we have a barn full of testosterone). Our “star of the show” would have to be Ard Denzil, a 6 y/o dark bay ISH gelding owned by George and Dianne Lucas. Ardy (also fondly referred to as Lardy due to his eating habits) completed his first Intermediate at Pine Top II without taking a deep breath and showed us that our season with him could be pretty darn special. Revere Road also competed in the Intermediate there and both will be in action next weekend at Southern Pines II.

We are also super excited about our newest addition, a 5 y/o bay ISH gelding named Sportsfield Wildcat (aka Edward). Edward has had some very special adventures since he landed in the USA, including jumping out of his paddock on the first day of turnout, mounting my sister Hayley in the aisleway, and casually letting himself out of his stall when he pleases. We’re really thrilled to have him and can’t wait for him to start competing. Coincidentally, one of Charlie’s top students, Lizzie Snow, imported an ISH at the same time and named him Jacob. We’re taking applications now for Team Jacob and Team Edward…don’t miss out. T-shirts will be involved.

                                                      Sportsfield Wildcat aka Edward

I hope everyone else is enjoying the gorgeous spring weather as much as we are. Hopefully we will see some of you at SP II next weekend! Best of luck with whatever your next event is, and thanks for reading!

Ryan Smith, CDP Stables Barn Manager, is the technical wizard behind the blog and will be giving voice to Charlie Plumb, Lizzie Snow and the rest of the gang throughout the year.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Rolex Experience By Lauren Lambert

It always interests me how seemingly normal people find their way into the horse world, and even more so the event world.  Usually it has something to do with a childhood fascination with the horses down the street, or that first Rolex experience that had them hooked.   I was on a horse before I was born, but there was one special Rolex that made me decide my future was with horses.

When I was a kid, Mom had an incredible horse named Over The Limit.  'Jake', as we called him, was my horse (at least mom told me so).  He was an OTTB whom Mom trained from the ground up.  The two of them were on the campaign trail to Rolex and this horse had it all.  Then, at North Georgia Horse Trails Mom informed us she was scratching from the competition, selling the horse, and building a house.  Soon after, Jimmy sent a quiet young woman named Kim Vinoski to try Jake.  It was meant to be.  Her friend Mrs. Wachmeister sent a check and Jake was gone. 

Jake returned to Kentucky the following year,  and this time he was there to compete- there to dominate.  Sunday of Rolex 1999 was a nerve racking, heart pounding, aw-inspiring day for this 10 year old girl... MY horse won!! And I wanted to do that.

Thirteen years later, the Rolex dream still lives on.  After watching Jake and Kim win, the decision to take all the opportunities the horse world had to offer has become an amazing journey.  This winter has been full of new experiences. My advanced horse is doing well in his recovery and is back jumping, but not having another upper level horse means being out of the action at big shows like Red Hills.  I have two lovely client horses to ride and train this winter, and it's been great experience getting to know such different horses.  Aunt Margie's horse has been a pretty consistent player, finishing 1st and 2nd in his first two preliminary level events.  My favorite redhead Lil' Birnie (who ironically is not so little) completed his first event at Rocking Horse and was a CHAMP!  It was great to feel him gaining confidence in every phase.  Sally Abell's Honour Mission is continuing to develop nicely.  David has been instrumental is helping me figure out the pieces of the puzzle with Honour.  His lessons are challenging, but clear and simple.  He has very high expectations about the smallest attention to detail, which if not addressed in the beginning, will be called out in the end!  It has been eye opening getting help from David, and also very motivating.

Things in Ocala are beginning to wind down and we are all pretty excited to head back to Kentucky soon.  It's an exciting year for eventing as superstar horse and rider combinations are coming out to play and prove they deserve a ticket to London.  Sunday at Rolex Kentucky is going to be another nail-biting, heart-pounding experience... And while the crowd is going crazy applauding their new champion, there will be a little girl in the crowd, with a dream of doing THAT.

Lauren makes her home in Goshen, KY at Lands End Farm. Photo provided by Lauren Lambert.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Martin Collins USA: A Peak Inside Glenarvon Farm

Kathleen Sullivan, and her husband Dr. Andy Clark, are the owners of Glenarvon Farm, their private farm located in the heart of Kentucky horse country in Georgetown.  Kathleen is an avid equestrian, who has recently returned to the sport of eventing to fulfill her competitive dreams after having spent over 20 years riding jumpers. Kathleen trains with Missy Ransehousen and Sara Shade while balancing her competitive dreams with her professional career as a SVP and Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. The couple relocated from California when Dr. Clark accepted his position as CEO of Hagyard, the legendary veterinarian center in the Lexington Kentucky area.
Kathleen chose to install MC Ecotrack® as the surface for the their indoor last year.  She has four horses in active work and has also held several clinics and lessons with top trainers at their facility.  “Jim Kofford, a top dressage rider has given clinics and lessons to friends and family at our facility and they say it is better than any other surface that they train on.  Everyone loves it, all of my trainers….jumper trainer Otis Brown, and event trainers Sara Shade and Missy Ransehousen…. they all love it!”

Kathleen also remarked that the new footing is virtually maintenance free, which has been a real plus. “We love it and enjoy riding on the surface everyday.  The best part is that I’m not worried about footing maintenance and I don’t have to have my husband water and drag the ring at 5 am before he is off to his day job!”   Now that’s a happy customer.

Photo credit: Susan J.Stickle

Monday, March 5, 2012

An Evening with Dan Cathy of Chick Fil-A By Ashley Leith

Ashley is an advanced level rider based in Ocala, FL.  She is an ICP level III certified instructor, a member of the Professional Riders Organization Advisory Board and a Graduate A of the USPC.  Ashley also has a BA in English and theater from Rutgers University.  For more information, visit www.ashleyleithequestrian.com.
The restaurant was buzzing with excitement.  Minutes after arriving and putting on a nametag I was approached by a man with a squeaky bald head and a warm smile.  He was wearing a collared shirt and a bright green sweater, giving me the impression of a Leprechaun.  He stuck out his hand.  “Hi, I’m Dan.”  In mild surprise I realized that this was Dan Cathy, the president and CEO of Chick Fil-A restaurants and the person whom I had come to hear speak.  I quickly realized, though, that this hands-on style of warmth and welcoming was a cornerstone of Cathy’s leadership style.  He invited me to get a fresh squeezed lemonade and to help myself to some fruit salad and freshly prepared chicken fingers.  After sampling some of the food I found a seat at a table along the wall.  Every employee in the Chick Fil-A restaurant on Rt. 200 in Ocala was bustling around with smiles on their faces refilling drinks and clearing plates. 
I was attending this function as a member of the Professional Riders Organization, but youth leadership groups and other local business professionals had also been invited to the speaking event.  After everyone was settled and fed, Cathy divided us up into five groups to tour the kitchen.  As Cathy said, “Maybe there is a reason why Chick Fil-A invites its customers to a backstage tour of their kitchens and other restaurants don’t.”  Cathy was very proud of the fact that Chick Fil-A uses fresh ingredients and whole chicken breasts breaded on-site.  I don’t often eat fast food and I had never been to a Chick Fil-A restaurant before that evening.  After the tour and the sampling of food that Cathy had offered his guests, however, I realized that I would happily go back. 
After walking through the kitchen in groups we sat down to hear Cathy speak.  First, he pulled out an old-fashioned leather doctor’s satchel.  He approached a few teens from the ROTC Airforce group that was in attendance.  He told them to each pull something out of the bag.  He then held up the objects one at a time and explained to the audience how each of the tools in what he called his “leadership bag” helped him.  One of the items was an air mask that is deploys when an airplane looses oxygen in the cabin.  What was the lesson behind this tool?  As a leader, you must always put your own air mask on first in order to be able to help others.  Cathy said that it took him years to not feel guilty about taking time during the middle of the day to exercise, or taking time to spend with his family, or heaven forbid getting eight hours of sleep a night.  He came to realize, though, that other people relied on him and if he was not fresh and healthy, he would not be able to lead them. 
Another item in the bag was a slinky.  On the slinky were three statements.  The first read, “Leaders go first.”  The second read, “Leaders develop followers.”  The last statement said, “Followers become leaders.”  After reading these statements out loud, Cathy “walked” the slinky down some steps as a demonstration.  I thought Cathy’s use of physical objects to drive home leadership concepts was very memorable.
During the discussion Cathy also brought up concepts he uses in business.  He talked about surrounding yourself with “the right people on the right seat on the right bus.”  He also told us one of his favorite acronyms -- the word SERVE.  The letters stood for, See and shape the future, Engage and develop others, Reinvent continuously, Value results and relationships, and, Embody the values. 
Cathy’s principles have proven effective.  Chick Fil-A has recently become a debt-free organization and has grown fiscally every year since being founded by Cathy’s father in 1967.  In the Ocala restaurant, the employees were very upbeat and far more knowledgeable about Chick Fil-A that I would have anticipated.  The company obviously takes the time to hire employees at every level who believe in the Chick Fil-A philosophy.    
I showed up cold that evening and didn’t know what to expect from either Dan Cathy or his talk.  What I came away with, however, was renewed inspiration to be a better leader.  Professionals in the sport of three-day-eventing may not run large corporations, but we are all businesspeople and leaders.  It was refreshing to see Cathy’s positive energy and intrapersonal skills from the perspective of another business model.  Even though I know nothing about the restaurant business, Cathy’s points were certainly ones that we could all learn from. www.ashleyleithequestrian.com

Photo of Dan Cathy courtesy of cathyfamily.com