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Carpe Diem Farms

by Sue Blair

A deep and abiding passion for all things equine has been at the core of Sue Blair’s life.

My reflections are my story with horses.

Many have asked over the years why I do what I do.

Someone yesterday said, “This is a 24/7 job, you never close.”

He got it on his first visit. Horses are not pasture ornaments, they require a lot in our environment to stay healthy and happy. Winter requires more vigilance: attention to weather conditions, especially freezing temperatures and resulting ice.

My journey, my soul’s connection to horses, began at the age of three in Delray Beach, Florida. Our neighbor, a seven-year old boy, had a horse named Rattler, a magical cow pony. Daily, my five-year-old brother and I joined Colin riding through the fields and cow pasture surrounding our house. All three of us fit on the saddle! I took the front position, Gary the middle and Colin the back. Rattler took care of us and when the boys tired of our adventure, off I’d go with my friend. It was heaven on earth.

By the time I was 10, I was an accomplished rider, having taken lessons for five years and exercising 10 horses each summer.

I was connected to the spirit of the horse and I was fearless. One of the 10 horses, a registered thoroughbred named “Highlands Lady,” was off limits for me to ride. Of course, she became my number one steed.

My father bought her for me the Christmas of ’62. For the next 24 years we shared life. At 34 she was laid to rest. I had changed her barn name to “High Hopes,” because she was mine! After her death, I rode every opportunity I had.

In 1990 I met Joyce Foster, who became my friend, my surrogate mother and my riding companion. She gifted me with her two magnificent Morgan’s, Delta and Grace, who in time became the beginnings of Carpe Diem Farms, the experiential foundation which began in 1997 and continues today to “explore the human potential through equines.”

Introducing people to the magic and miracle of the horse is why I do what I do, it makes me who I am and what I believe is my life’s mission. I was to become the Highlands Horse Lady.

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