He'll probably be on a truck headed back to Florida after Stacey reads my next comment, but he really reminds me of Franck Eggelhoffer in the Steve Martin movie Father of the Bride. Franck was the very hyper, really outgoing, hilariously funny wedding planner in the Father of the Bride. I'm telling you, Franck and Elfin are kindred spirits!
In the spirit of Franck, Elfin is also extremely social. He fell madly in love with Grand when he first arrived and they were inseparable for the first couple of months. Over time they both started to branch out though, and Elfin definitely makes the rounds. He likes to be in the middle of a crowd and would be one of those people who never went to the bathroom by themselves. I see him routinely with each of his roommates. He doesn't tend to have just one horse that is his bosom buddy, he is equally attached to ALL of them.
Top Grand and Elfin grazing together, Bottom Grand and Elfin in the sprinklerI'll get back on track to Stacey and Elfin now. Eventually they started working their way up the ranks after spending a few years in the 2'6" hunters, and their last year of showing together, 2006, was a great way to end their showing career. Stacey and Elfin were competing in the 3'6" amateur owner hunters by that point. Some of the highlights of their year include being champion or reserve at almost every show they went to, finishing up 5th in Zone 5 in the younger a/o hunters for the year, reserve champion in the younger a/o hunters at the Zone 4 finals that year, 2nd in the $5000 junior-a/o hunter classic at the Zone 4 finals and year end champion of the younger a/o's for the Central Florida H/J Association. I think we would all be happy to list those on our horse resumes!
Stacey and Elfin showing in the Amateur Owner hunters
I remember when Stacey first contacted us about the possibility of having Elfin retire at our farm. I must say her approach was so typical of how we first meet our new clients. First she grilled me in a very polite way via e-mail. Then we talked on the phone and she filled me in on all of Elfin's nuances and Elfinisms. I could tell that she really wanted to trust us, liked everything I was saying, but Elfin was her baby and there is always that nagging little voice that we all get wondering if you are making a mistake. Stacey has since visited the farm and Elfin a couple of times and has been able to see for herself that the horses really are happy here!
Following in Leo's footsetps; I guess Elfin heard I would be blogging about him this week and wanted to look his best