Hi Dominique, Debra and wonderful team. I just wanted to take the time again to say thank you so much for your friendship, guidance and hospitality. We just adore being at Barbier Farm and it has been a pivotal place for my riding journey. Every day there has been more ‘lightbulb moments’ when the penny has dropped and I am so excited to go home and start putting what I have learnt into practice.
In 2007, we returned to Brazil with the Barbiers and, in addition to traveling to the horse breeders’ Haras, we attended Carnival in Rio de Janiero and then relaxed at the beautiful Toca do Marlin 10 room resort in Bahia. Rio was crazy and wonderful. We watched the best six Samba Schools from the exclusive Brahma box parade – with free beer, free food and the most energizing music and dancing you’ll ever experience. We did some sightseeing in Rio, sun tanned on Ipanema beach and then flew to Bahia. We were all so happy just to relax on the deserted beach, eat the wonderful dinners cooked by Lucia’s staff, do some sightseeing, and of course, ride Lusitano stallions every morning!
Universo has turned into the horse I never knew could exist and every day I can’t believe I get to share my life with him. Incredibly generous and kind, I could not have asked for a more perfect match. Oh, and he just happens to be absolutely, amazing gorgeous!
The Brasil trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity to rapidly expand every aspect of your understanding of horses in a truly unforgettable and mesmerizing place. Perhaps if you are as fortunate as I was you will also experience the sheer beauty of bringing home an equine being that was always meant to be part of you.