I remember the feeling that day. I felt the same mixed feeling of accomplishment and uncertainty when I graduated college. I was sitting in our tack room at the El Sueno dressage show. It was a pretty good ride at Intermediare 1 and we scored a 65%. Great, but now what? My trainer, Amy Miller, and I had this discussion a year earlier, after PSG and my silver medal. But getting to Grand Prix would be like going from base camp to the top of Everest, when getting to base camp represents training level to I1. I had owned Zinca since she was 18 months, and at the time she was only 12. If I had more money, she would be with me forever. However, that is not my reality. All my horse money is tied into one horse. I had to consider if she could handle the work. We were already doing joint maintenance. I loved (and still do!) her. My trainer loved her, and she was the barn princess. In the end, we decided to offer her to someone to go through levels. I am happy to say she quickly found her kingdom. So with money in hand, I started looking. After checking out local ads, and on-line postings, I head to Hanford. I have known Willy Arts from DG Bar for many years and trust him explicitly and just asked, “What’s the best young horse (for me) I can get for this amount?” My husband tried to tell me how this is not how to do business. And don’t I want to save some of the money? (Now we are not talking Tesla money, more like a Ford Focus money.) Ummm, no I don’t. Besides look at ALL the money I will be saving on stabling (new young horse coming home), joint maintenance, shoes (only trims for a while), horse shows (only 2 y.o.), and training. Husband with a math degree not convinced. After all he has been a horse husband for 24 years. Back on the ranch, Willy showed me a number of horses from 2-6 to help me solidify what I wanted. What I want is my next FEI horse. But, without a crystal ball we factored in potential plus my likes and needs. And with Amy Miller’s blessing, I chose Jameson, a Judgement filly bred by Iron Spring Farm. Out of the pasture, and halter broke.