I've been putting this post off all weekend, because I don't know how to write it without crying in the middle of the Press Tent. It's futile, I think. I'll just cry. Don't mind me. It's certainly not the first time this weekend.
We lost our Judy in July. If you've been to Fair Hill on a Saturday then you know Judy Thayer, even if you didn't know her personally. If you've ridden in the CCI here, then you know Judy. If you've seen photos of our amazing cross country fences, then you know Judy.
The reach and impact of Judy has already been documented on our blog over the summer, here and here and here. We knew, certainly, when we lost Judy that we had lost a HUGE chunk of knowledge and hard work and kindness and good will and smiles. We lost lots and lots of smiles.
We knew we had to carry on with our work at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International. We knew that galloping lanes still had to be placed. Fences still had to be decorated. Pumpkin Paths still had to be placed. What we didn't know was who was going to pick up that slack.
We've talked here so many times about Fair Hill being a family. We've got each others backs here. While there may be some grumbling, if you grumble to the right person he or she will simply ask what he can do to help. And you get it done, and things keep chugging along.
Our family had to pull together in a big way this fall, and even though Judy is not here with us in person she is still with us in spirit. Everyone is helping with things they have not done before. Everyone is stepping up. In addition to all our regular tasks, our family has also found the time to place some very special Judy tributes throughout the grounds. If you look around a bit, you will see a little Judy everywhere.
We miss you, Judy. We miss you so very much. We hope you'd approve of how things are going so far, in the 26th edition of Fair Hill International.
|If you wander down below the Food Court, between Fence 6 and Fence 7 on the CCI2* course, you will walk right past Judy's Garden. This memorial garden is placed on a set of old banks that used to be used long ago for the CCI3*.|