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Cats on a Horse Blog: My Project Cat(s)

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After Max passed away, our remaining cat Kaylee cried every night. In heartbreaking bad timing, I went in for complicated foot surgery, so no kitty could come into the house for months.

Between the two of us, her vocalizations and the clicking of my walker, nights were noisy.

I healed up, and months later, we decided we missed the personality and wit of an orange cat, so we put out feelers for another. We got an orange rescue kitten lined up.

On the day after Thanksgiving, also our wedding anniversary, another rescue worker “seeking orange” for us called us because she’d found “an orange mush.”

The catch?

How Do I Remember the Late Bruce Smart?

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Trappe Hill Farm
Looking down at the pond and the stable at Trappe Hill Farm/Photo by Rhonda Lane

On Thanksgiving 2018, Trappe Hill Farm co-owner, Virginia Hunt Country booster, former corporate CEO, and, yes, former Reagan administration official Bruce Smart passed away.

While I was working on my post about Genuine Risk, I had been clicking over to Facebook only to see another horseman posting condolences about Bruce Smart passing away.

I’d met Bruce almost ten years ago on the same day I visited Genuine Risk’s grave in 2009. On that day, I had no idea Bruce was such a big deal in horse country and what impact meeting him would have on my interests.

Come with me into the Wayback Machine:

Genuine Risk: The Nature of Promises

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We have barely a month left in 2018, and I’d promised myself I would finish my mystery novel by the end of the year–so, no blogging, Rhonda!–but I feel compelled to write about what I’d held as a private memory of a moment paying my respects to Genuine Risk.

This look back began on Black Friday 2018, when a racing photographer I follow on Facebook posted condolences regarding the passing of a Virginia horsemen I’d met during that Virginia Hunt Country Stable Tour I took in 2009.