Bridgette and I met when we were both students at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. We were there chasing our dreams of being in the equestrian industry. There’s something special about best friends you meet in a barn, it’s an unbreakable bond. You’re both brave, tough, determined, passionate, and an athlete of an extremely tough sport. Once you cultivate that friendship, it’s impossible to break .Despite us both (me to Arizona, her to Arkansas) leaving Stephens and pursuing different careers, our friendship has only grown stronger.
We see each other around once a year (more if one of us is getting married) and the last couple years it’s fallen in October. We don’t have big extravagant visits where we see all the local landmarks and do touristy things – We just enjoy our time together.
This trip we talked lots of wedding planning and marriage. We ate at delicious places like The Stand, North, and The Screamery. We watched movies like Sex and the City and International Velvet (a very dramatic sequel to National Velvet). We rode together – riding together is like sharing your most favorite treat with your most favorite person.
Our friendship doesn’t need a lot of work – we don’t have to have flashy trips or slam packed weekends. We just want to be with each other, drink some champagne, talk about life, weddings, marriage, children, and of course horses.