|Cindy (with Jeff)|
|CB and Snickers|
|Chief (many years later)|
|Laura and Tiger|
Chief was new to Tom Sawyer, and his debut summer had not been a roaring success. Nicknamed "Sheri's Folly" after the counselor who approved his purchase, Chief was a perpetual motion machine. He jigged and pranced and cantered sideways. He was completely unsuitable for beginners, and most of the staff was afraid of him.
Not me. I thought he was fun.Unlike Snickers, who was sneaky and frustrating, Chief was an uncomplicated and willing partner. He didn't stand still, but he also didn't buck, rear, bolt or shy. He was brave and honest and exciting. I loved him.
|old man Chief|
As time went by, I found myself riding Chief more and Snickers less. She was on her way to being phased out completely, but then, without warning, everything changed.
To be continued.