Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My new Hero
Rick Hawthorne has made the top of my hero's list. I recently attended a 2 day clinic with Rick and his wife Virginia and from the moment I walked into the arena I was greeted with the warmest hugs, to the even warmer hugs we exchanged when I left, I was in the best of company. Rick is the kind of guy who has a Hall of Fame section on his website ValleyViewVaulters to commemorate some of the vaulting horses he has worked with and lost through time in his 3+ decades of equestrian vaulting experience. He has taught and worked with the best in the industry but his eyes still light up every time a vaulter runs out to the horse; even me! He embodies nothing but positive energy and I wish to take back some of his energy and aura with me and place it into my classes and personal training sessions. I can proudly say that I am a different vaulter now and possibly a different coach after my expereince out there in the dust and the cold of the dirt arena.