Thanks for an amazing 22 years of hard work Sampson!
Well for those of you who frequents chat you'll have heard me mention the ranch once- if not multiple times a night. Chances are if you have heard me talk about the ranch you've also heard me Mention or wonderful vaulting horse extraordinaire, Sampson. Well the big guy is retiring to a lovely family iin Alberta (so if any of you Albertans recently bought a horse from BC, let me know it could be my Sammy boy) and I'd like to tell you a bit about him and his awesomeness.
Sampson or Sam as he is better known was born on the ranch 22 years ago and it was quickly realized this was no ordinary horse, this was an incredible, patient, smart and sweet horse with a a heart to match his 17.2 hands of height. Sam was much too big for campers to ride on trails which was just as well because he could feel uncomfortable on the trails and make kids even more nervous, so on trails he was a wrangler horse but in the vaulting ring he was 110% in his element. He was calm and relaxed and his mood seemed to emanate from him and calm the nervous campers. he taught countless kids to vault, helped many a nervous kid over come their fears and made everyone laugh by playing with his bit when it was dangled in front of him. He was great with crowds too, he was the go to horse for vaulting demos at rodeo 100 people clapping, cheering and camera flashes seemed to have zero affect on the gentle giant. So, Sam thank you my big guy for your hard work, amazing effort, never ending patience, goofiness, trust worthiness and all around amazing-ness there will never be another you, you are truly and 100% one of a kind and we miss you already but you'll be in good hands. Things won't be the same around the ranch with out.
Equestrianism; 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain and 100% reason to remember you're absolutely insane to be riding a beast that big.