Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hello from Holland

Wow, We have had such a busy month that this is the first opportunity I've found to bring everyone up to date on what we're up to!

I am in Holland for the weekend, having delivered a group of beautiful horses on Friday. Thank you, Sandra and Nasser for sharing your horses with us.

Terry is on his way back from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the moment, where he also delivered some wonderful horses. Thank you Haytham and Saad for the opportunity to work with you and your lovely Arabian horses.

Yesterday our Dutch partner, Robert Veen of Animal Transport Services and I went to Belgium to visit with friends and clients. It was a lovely day and I had such fun meeting with Sandra Van Den Hoff and her Tennessee Walking Horses and meeting with Rob's friend, Hilda and her delightful family, clients and the students at her riding stable. Hilda provides riding opportunities for children with disabilities and I was privileged to meet a couple of "her kids".

Our next shipments will be to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Prestwick, Scotland and Beirut, Lebanon on August 10th. This will be our first shipment to Beirut and Henry is very excited about the opportunity to visit that country. Terry is looking forward to visiting with friends in Dammam and Bob Riley will be reconnecting with his Scottish roots after he delivers horses in Prestwick.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we have just started a new quarantine group for shipping to Amsterdam and Dammam ... and we will start our next groups for Europe and Saudi Arabia on August 8th. We still have a few spaces available in that group, so let us know if you'd like to reserve one for your horse.

We are gathering horses now for Kuwait and Qatar, so let us know if you have anything for either of those destinations. Spaces are available.

We had the privilege of assisting with the birth of a magnificently beautiful Arabian filly last week. Congratulations, Sami, on a terrific baby. I don't know when I've seen such an exquisite face.

And our mini babies are growing more adorable every day. We are still waiting for the last one of the season to arrive. If you would like more information about our mares, babies and 3-in-1 packages that we have for sale, please let us know. We are seeking good homes and are offering them for sale at very reasonable prices.

On a personal note, congratulations to our grandson, Tyler and his new bride, Sabrina. We look forward to visiting you in California next month.

And our son, Matthew, daughter in law, Maria and grandchildren, Luke and Madison, are visting in Texas, on leave from military service in Korea. We are going to spend a few days together this week at our little vacation spot in Rockport, TX this week - fishing, crabbing, boating, swimming and going to the beach. Can't wait!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Such Fun Meeting Clients in Amsterdam

Terry and I had such a great time in Amsterdam last week. We always love it when we can personally deliver horses to their new owners and see the smiles and tears of joy that come when they finally see their horses after waiting such a long time. It was our pleasure to meet Tanguy van der Kerchove, Michelle Philippe, Valerie and Thierry Lallaine, Ellen de Looze, Petra Toelle and their colleagues and family members on Wednesday morning at Schiphol Airport. Thank you all for sharing your beautiful horses with us and allowing us to share in your joyful moments at the airport. We look forward to seeing photos and hearing from you as the horses settle into their new homes.

Today, our groom Henry delivered four ponies to Dawood Davids in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am sorry that I was not able to be there, but have been told that everything went very well and the ponies arrived safely. Thank you, Dawood and Omar, for the opportunity to work with you and your ponies. We are looking forward to the next shipment.

We will go the airport on Wednesday for this week's shipments to Saudi Arabia and Amsterdam. Thank you, Abdullah and Razan Basonbul, Mohammad Al Dossary, Yousef Al Rashid, Toni Kurzrock, Celia Limon, Leonie Prinz and Hans Silvius for sharing your horses with us.

If you have any questions about shipping horses to anywhere in the world, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.