Shiloh– His Magic Lives On

January 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM Leave a comment

Shiloh 2007There are certain animals in this world that are simply magical.  They possess something extra that links our hearts to theirs, and they have a sensitivity that detects when someone needs extra gentleness.  Such an animal was our “Shiloh”, the Norwegian Fjord pony who for four years gently carried Las Campanas Compadres participants as they learned to ride.

At the Las Campanas Compadres 2011 Awards Ceremony, a group of participants, parents, volunteers and guests were relaxed and sitting in the center grassy area of the Las Campanas Equestrian Center.  Surrounding the green were top-opened stalls and the Equestrian Center’s tenant horses peered out at the crowd. One of the co-founders of LCC, Suzanna Becerra, was just beginning a memorial speech, honoring Shiloh, in her lilting British accent.

Shiloh’s legacy of having magical qualities was evident when Suzanna first spoke his name.  As soon as his name was uttered, the horses in their stalls seemed to applaud his memory with resounding neighs and whinnies, loud enough to interrupt Suzanna’s speech. The crowd immediately recognized the moment as one of those sparkling, wondrous connections with the animal world.

 

(Post dedicated to Georgia Smith, LCC riding instructor extraordinaire.)

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