Without a doubt, the most memorable part of the 1994 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was my visit to Bo-Bett Farm, home of the two time Super Horse, Rugged Lark.As life long horse lovers, Cathy and I were veterans of a lot of stable visits. We thought we knew what was in store for us as we drove onto the property, passing several pastures full of beautiful, well-cared for Quarter Horse mares and foals.
We expected that we'd get the chance to meet Rugged Lark, most likely through the bars of his stall door or over a pasture fence. If we were lucky, someone might get him out and stand him up for photos. If we were really, really lucky, we might even get to be in those photos.
We had no idea.
We got out at the main barn and introduced ourselves to Rugged Lark's handler. She saw our cameras and asked if we'd like to take pictures of him. We said yes, so she took him out of his stall, brushed him, oiled his feet and handed the lead rope to Cathy.
"Just take him out to that pasture over there, " she said. "The background should be really nice."
We were incredulous. "Aren't you going to come with us?" we asked.
"Not unless you want me in your pictures," she replied.
Oh. My. God.
So we took Rugged Lark out to the pasture...
and took turns...
taking photos of each other...
until we ran out of film!I've met a lot of nice horses in my life, but Rugged Lark was truly exceptional. He was a champion show horse, a sire of champions and as friendly and gentle as any horse I've ever had the pleasure of handling. I am so glad I got to meet him!