But there has been a major bright spot - being featured on Paola's Horse Blog in her Stories from Off the Track series. She is a very bright, articulate young woman, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person a few months ago at FCHP. Her plan is to adopt an OTTB of her own one day. Go check out her blog - she has lots of informational posts in addition to tracking her own journey in learning to ride and become a horsewoman.
And it turns out she's an artist too - she made this beautiful painting of Hemie and I:
Thank you so much Paola! It really cheered me up. =)