Photos and Story by Tricia Booker for the USHJA
“My horse is here, and I rode her in the 51 and over yesterday, too,” said Sweeney.
“It’s just that she’s got a bigger stride, and I found myself all of the sudden not as perfect on her. So, I got prizes, but not top prizes. I’ve been champion on her at every show in California, but the competition here is much different.”
Sweeney, a professional musician and the manager of the Pasadena Symphony and co-manager of the Santa Barbara Symphony, said that she felt an immediate bond with the 10-year-old KWPN (Silverstar—Pimarilla). She compared their instant rapport with the feeling she experiences when all of the members of a symphony are in perfect harmony.
any drug! Maybe Champagne, which is coming next.”
Sweeney wasn’t sure she was going to bring her own horse to Maryland from California, so she called Dwight to find out if she might have an extra horse. Dwight, who earned top ribbons on her Havana in the same section, offered Pimm’s Cup.
“And so she said, ‘Oh please, he’ll be here anyway. Please enjoy him,’ ” said Sweeney. “I’ve been riding all my life, and I’ve ridden all sorts of different horses. This is a very special horse that Karen has. I feel really fortunate that she was so generous.”