Meet Walter. For the last several years, Walter has played the role of show mascot, cheerleader and coach extraordinaire throughout the show endeavors of his human.
Stuffed with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of love, he went to every show and equine event she attended. He traveled to and fro in the passenger seat of her car and became a show staple atop her tack trunk where he would sit quietly, bundled snugly in his trademark Seattle hoodie and Starbucks tee.
His furry little face always made her smile when she returned to the stalls following a class whether the ride she’d just put in had been awesome or awful. Somewhere along the way, amidst playful and often comical interactions with her barn family and friends, Walter began to develop a personality (horseanality?) all his own.
Last year, he traveled with his human and her horse Cisco to the US Sport Horse National Championship show in Nampa ID. Photos quickly began to surface of Walter engaging in his mascot role or in the midst of playful, albeit devious, horse show shenanigans.
Those who were present still blame HIM for the idea that sent 5 grown adults gleefully careening, clown-car style in a golf cart, across sidewalks, raised medians and a four lane highway so they could “drive in” to the only Sonic in town. Later on, following the show he could be found lounging poolside, red solo cup in hoof though oddly, still enshrouded in his favorite hoodie . . .
Since then, it seems that Walter has had a whim to wander in much the same fashion as a certain roaming gnome. It was decided that his wanderings over time would take him (and his human) near and far to various equine endeavors of all sizes, calibers and disciplines.
But alas, there has proven to be one minor hitch in the fulfillment of Walter’s wide-spread wanderings. Walter’s human – who, given the conspicuous absence of dexterous digits on Walters plush hooves, must complete this post on his behalf – remains the working definition of horse-poor. This unavoidable actuality, and the simple truth that Walter is, in fact, stuffed, put a slight damper on the likelihood that his wanderings would whisk him much farther than the local barn or the mysterious wilds of the back 40 horse field. Walter, however, is a resourceful fellow and growing ever wiser in the ways of his wandering whims.
In February, when he learned that his human was not, as originally promised, going to be able to spare him the frigid temperatures and torrential downpours of the great Northwest for the glorious sunshine and warmth of Arizona’s prestigious Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, he was savvy to sneak into the carry-on luggage of a friend who was lucky enough to attend. As before, photographic evidence revealed his scheming shenanigans and the raging good time he had made for himself in the Arizona sun.
This week, Walter will be travelling on his most exciting trip to date. Once again, in light of his human’s inability to make the trip herself, Walter will travel eastward in her stead to meet up with Horse Junkies United bloggers Stefanie, Cheryl, Amy and Allison who have graciously offered to host him during their much anticipated visit to . . . *drum roll please* . . . ROLEX!!
It is fortunate for Walter that he fits nicely into a deluxe padded FedEx shipper pack, the flight for which has proven to be significantly less expensive than if his human were to ship herself. Rumor has it that the great state of Kentucky and the Rolex event have many adventures in store for Walter and his new friends in the coming week. He’s promised to send photos . . .
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