A letter to CW

A letter to CW by Kwen D Griffeth

Hey CW,

Wanted to take a few minutes out of my day and bring you up to speed about Louva.  Louva, besides being one of my Dad’s sister, is also the name of one of the last colts he raised.  You can see by the picture she is a dark brown four-year-old filly.

Due to his failing health, Dad never got around to working with her, so she was ignored for most of her life.  When he died, I wound up with her and even though I was advised to sell her to slaughter, I couldn’t do it.  Dad used to tell me, “She’ll run a hole in the wind.”  I’m thinking that is pretty fast.

Louva was a terrific lady and a great aunt.  She was always loving to me when I was a child, but I’m struggling with the name being on a horse.  It’s not uncommon for the “barn name” to be different than the registered name.  The great racehorse Secretariat was called “Big Red” by all who knew him.  When I was a kid, Dad had a dark brown gelding who was registered as Thunder Bay, but we called him John.

My dilemma is not should she have a barn name; my struggle is what would that name be.  I guess there is not a need to hurry, but it has been on my mind some.

I had to laugh a little when I saw her last, she was finishing her basic riding training and all in all, I think the trainer did a good job.  The last day he was working her and he was trying to impress one of us watching her.  I don’t think it was me, but it could have been the young lady who is getting on her next to train her to run barrels.  Anyway, he became a little too insistent about what he wanted the filly to do and she let him know she did not want to be bullied.

If all goes as planned and hoped for, she will become an athlete in a very competitive sport.  She’ll need to have a bit of a chip on her shoulder.  I was happy to see her show that side of her.

In a few weeks, she will travel to Snow College in southern Utah.  Her new trainer, let’s call her “B,” will take her to school.  Louva will be homework.  Kind of like that idea.  Oh, and B knows what she is doing, she was a state champion high school barrel racer last year.  She can ride. I’m hoping the two get along and become a really tough team.

I’ll keep you up on how they progress and have a video or two down the road.

Oh, just so you know, I think when she’s given a chance, she’s gonna kick some tail.  She has that look to her.

Talk later.  K

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