Been spending a lot of time at home under the California Governor's Shelter-in-Place orders. As I look around my home at all the family photos, religious symbolism, lit candles, and heirlooms from my childhood and beyond. It seems like I'm always trying to re-organize and display things more interestingly.
There have been trophy, plaques, awards I've received over my life which are not prominently displayed.
What is displayed is the very important photo of my only real Show Horse, "Little Bit of Berry". Berry was sired by a Morgan Stallion, Funquest Berrybox, who would later become a World Champion Western Pleasure Winner under the capable hands of the late, Rock Walker, and His Dam was I believe, a Quarter Horse, named Bit of Honey. I believe that She may have been palomino, hence Berry's flaxen mane and tail. Berrybox is pictured below. Berry was bred by Riverview Morgans in Riverside, CA. I believe his breeders were Ron and Linda Leonard?
My gelding, Berry, was a rags to riches type of story. He looked a lot like His Sire, Didn't He? (awww) There wasn't thousands of dollars spent on anything for Berry. In fact, he cost $500 back in the Summer of 1979 at Oak Tree Ranch, in San Dimas, CA.
When I found Him, He was being boarded about seven or so corrals away from my best friends, Jenny and Stephanie's horses. (this may be off by a few it's been a long time)
He had been there a long while. His owner I want to say Her name was Vicky, but I could be wrong...She didn't come by much. When She did, She was there all day - bathing, grooming, tidying him up and his pen. I remember seeing Her do that right before the "For Sale" sign got displayed.
I chomped at the bit on that opportunity. Never rode him I don't think, I just bought Him and Yvette, my favorite and only Sister, helped me by bringing Her horse, "Tequila," which would become Berry's Best Friend, for the next several years, down to Oak Tree Ranch and we proceeded to bring Berry Home to where we lived.
I walked Berry if I remember right and She rode Tequila. It was perfect! The trip was pretty much uneventful from what I recall.
The biggest issue was crossing San Dimas Avenue, which would be fine and then getting Berry settled in. This was on a Friday and I remember the world being on fire for me that day. It was a very exciting, red letter day even now when I think back to those feelings of excitement and of the future.
And of course,as life would have it, my family and I left to Italy that following Sunday for six weeks. I was twelve years young at the time and would turn thirteen in Italy and my Sister, Yvette, was fourteen years young.
We had lots of good times in Italy - traveling between relatives in Tuscany (Ghivizzano and Lucca), Pisa, Rome, Florence, Tivoli and flying back out of Milan's Airport. I remember going to the beach also, called Viareggio.
I remember the sedan coming to pick us up at 4 or 5AM so that we could make it to the Milan Airport for our journey back to California. We would arrive back home in San Dimas around 9PM during the Summer, August, 1979.
Of course, I ran out to say Hi to my new horse and to check his tail - nope - it was no longer dragging on the ground. The things we notice in life - funny, isn't it. My Godparents, Dante and Maria, had agreed to stay and watch the farm for my family while we were gone and to this day, I really appreciate that so much.
I was glad to be home and in His own way, I could tell Berry was happy to see me. I'm sure He was ready for the next few years which would eventually lead to this photo I have prominently displayed in my home office. Yvette, my beloved Sister, and best friend had it enlarged and framed for me. It is one of Yvette's Sweetest qualities. She is always thoughtful in Her Gifting which She either focuses on Love or my Pets. Love You, Yvettie.
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