The first Saturday after the new year is always the date of a festive fete hosted by the owner of Gaitaway Stables, where I’ve kept my horse, Chubby, for the past eight years (to see a story about Chubby, go to "A Horse Of My Own"). Trina Vogelsang, owner and sole proprietor of Gaitaway Stables in Randallstown, Maryland, treats the annual get together as a celebration of the founding of her horse-boarding and training enterprise, as well as a cheerful holiday party. Yesterday was Trina’s 14th anniversary in business.
|Trina, flanked by her parents, Richard|
and Mary Vogelsang
|A sumptious display of holiday fare|
|New wooden sign handmade for Trina|
by a Gaitaway volunteer
No matter whether sleet, snow or oppressive summer swelter greet each day, Trina and her staff care diligently for the animals in their custody at all hours. Boarders, like me, who trust our horses to Trina’s conscientious care, find ourselves riding and helping out in all kinds of weather conditions. So it is good to see everyone scrubbed clean for a change and spiffed up in attractive party clothes unadorned by horse slobber and grooming dust. A time to chat, to compare notes and experiences and to savor food and camaraderie around an equine core that is dear to all our hearts, Trina’s annual holiday-anniversary party is always a joyful gathering.
|Trina with her beloved dogs,|
Kieren and Leah