Well, we made it through another difficult week. Sanders and Clinton are still at each other, maybe even more than usual with the big Primary coming up on Tuesday with California and its hundreds of delegates up for grabs.
Meanwhile, we have Donald Trump attacking a Federal judge over his heritage. No seriously, he did. Because apparently he just can’t control himself. Sigh. Anyway, check out Megyn Kelly’s take on Trump’s attacks on this judge (via The Hill):
Uh, yeah. And I guess in a way it is a good thing that he is overshadowing Paul Ryan’s endorsement of him (no respect for you any more, Mr. Ryan.). Serves him right.
Oh, and we can’t forget his attacks on a very popular Governor, Susanna Martinez. Oh, wait – never mind. He has changed his mind and now has decided he likes her, he really, really likes her, and would like her endorsement. Wow.
This is just the top of the iceberg of this past week. We also have the revelation that yes indeedy, there were secret talks between the Administration and Iran but they cut out the salient portion of the press conference video where that important issue was raised. And so much more.
I don’t know about you, but I am ready, ready, ready for a break from all this insanity.
And so, we will now turn our attention to Clydesdales. Yes, Clydesdales. I mean really, who doesn’t love Clydesdales? Honestly, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t just love seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales in the ads on tv, or if they’re lucky, in person.
I still haven’t forgotten the very first time I got to see Clydesdales in person. It was at the opening of a large mall behind my house (what used to be my great-grandfather’ dairy pasture. There were cows in it until the mall people bought it when I was just about in junior high school.). Well, the day the mall opened, they brought the Clydesdales in to celebrate. I became friends with the son of their trainer/groom, and got to actually pet them. I remember running home to show Mom the sweat on my hand from petting one of them. I never wanted to wash it again. I mean, it was a Budweiser Clydesdale, for heaven’s sake!!
I imagine that is how this woman felt when she got her wish fulfilled recently. From I Heart Horses:
Crossroads Hospice has an incredible program called Gift of a Day, where they grant a wish to a patient in their care. Marion Roberts, a 95-year-old patient, has just one dream – to see the Budweiser Clydesdales at their home in Warm Springs Ranch and to “rub noses with them.” Roberts is an equestrian herself, having received her first pony at 7. As a teenager, she was a trick rider for rodeos. Crossroad Hospice knew they had to grant her final wish as part of their Gift of a Day Program.
[…] Warm Springs Ranch is located in Boonville, Missouri and is the main farm where the famous Budweiser Clydesdales are foaled, raised and trained for their jobs as mascots for the beverage company. They have over 70 horses in their care currently.
While the public can tour the ranch, it normally isn’t open this early in the year. The company made a gracious exception for Roberts to come and visit, giving her a once in a life time one-on-one tour of the farm, with plenty of time to kiss and pet the magnificent steeds. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Honestly, this story just brings tears to my eyes. What an incredible gift from Crossroads Hospice Gift Of A Day AND the Budweiser Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch to this most deserving woman. I imagine it was everything Marion Roberts wanted and more.
And now I also have another place to add to my list: Warm Springs Ranch. I mean, really – how much do you want to go on a tour there now? Heck, it is sure worth a trip to Missouri, in my opinion. They are CLYDESDALES, after all!
A few years back, the Clydesdales came to Charleston. I was able to talk to their trainer/handler. She and her husband were in charge of taking care of all of the horses in every way, including taking care of their tack and getting them ready. She said it was a dream job, and she absolutely loved it, even with all of the travel.
Well, recently, I saw what is required of these handlers. Honest to pete, if I was a whole lot younger, I’d be filling out this application tout de suite. From the Horseaholic:
- Position is located on the East Coast
- All horse & Dalmatian husbandry related responsibilities.
- Support hitching and showing of Clydesdale 8 horse hitch.
- Including maintenance of harness, wagon, equipment, and other support related items.
- Manage log book, trip reports, and other DOT related items.
- Interact with consumers during work hours communicating Budweiser Clydesdale information and Budweiser quality message.
- Hold class A CDL.
- Days of travel up to 340+Job Qualifications:
- Daily care and maintenance of Clydesdales, Dalmatians, facilities, and all equipment.
- Ensure every guest, AB employee, and wholesaler receives the best customer experience.
- Market and promote the Budweiser Clydesdales and Budweiser brand to consumer, field sales, and wholesalers.
- Drive tractor trailer and other horse hauling equipment to ensure safe and reliable transportation for Clydesdales.
- Assist with the coordination of specialized animal care Provide urgent care when necessary.
- Abide by all Safety, DOT, and legal requirements.
- Able to travel with hitch across the U.S. as needed. (Click here to read the rest.)
How awesome would that be?! Yep, I tell ya, that would be a dream job for me. Ah, for want of youth…
How about you? What would your dream job be? Have you had a major wish fulfilled that you care to share? This is the Weekend Open Thread, so have at it, friends!