What a beautiful day in Texas. I’m always in awe of the sunrises and sunsets. I think it encourages me to be thankful for my life.
This will be a difficult time for me, so I am asking for help. Rather than have GQ’s passing be a sad occasion, I am choosing to celebrate an incredible journey; a very large portion of my life journey at that.
GQ was more than an average horse to me and to so many people. Of the many things that set him apart throughout his life, most important was what he gave back to the industry. I'm asking those of you who knew GQ to not contact me with sadness but instead share a story about him with someone. In remembrance of him, try to give a little more consideration to those who might need it. I ask you to take this opportunity to reach out to someone in our horse community that may need that extra bit of compassion. Give a compliment to a youth who would love nothing more than a tiny word of encouragement, or to a Select exhibitor who is struggling with the question, “If they can still show?"
GQ was the epitome of courage and strength. His will to live was untouchable. So, I ask that we remember him by giving a kind thought or word to someone that may need it.
I have so many wonderful stories I want to share, involving so many great people that I came into contact with along the way because of GQ. I remember Charlie Cole and I going to Greg Whalen's and picking out GQ’s mother; Doug Lilly guiding me to breed her to Mr Conclusion; The Lannings and Dr. Dennis for bringing me into the breeding barn and starting yet another chapter; My dear friend and GQ’s biggest and most loyal fan, Kenny Brownlow, who is buried with GQ’s first win buckle; Tom Lukenbil listening to me about riding GQ; Ted Turner--a relationship throughout GQ’s life and mine; Jerry and Betty Wells who encouraged me during my off beat riding attempts with GQ; Adam Mathis for his years and years of keeping GQ sound; Denny Hasset, Gene Parker, Wayne Halvorson…all were a major part of his life; of course, the Kosters in Duvall--without their help, our journey would have been cut very short, long ago.
It’s really interesting… I’ve always felt that GQ was "My" responsibility; my obligation. Now, in retrospect, I think I may have been way off in that thought. I now believe that I was the one who was being directed, following his path. What a fantastic ride it has been.
So, please help me celebrate this beautiful journey with this magnificent horse by sharing a nice thought with someone else. Let me get over it before we hug and share our stories…. otherwise, I just don’t think I can bare it.
As always, Candy and Mister GQ