When we were growing up in Germany, 6 December was celebrated as the feast of St. Nicholas. You put a shoe outside your bedroom door when you went to sleep, and during the night St. Nicholas left some sweets in your shoe if you’d been good, or a lump of coal if you’d been naughty.
And, so, in a nod to my early central-European upbringing, I wish you happy St. Nicholas day, and may your shoe contain many sweets. (PS – shake out the shoe before you put it on!)
What a difference perspective makes! Here are two shots of Alvin and me at the Academy National Finals (finally!). And before we get started, yes, I know that there’s a copyright on the one photo – that’s part of the point. I will explain in person and in private – not in a public forum. Sandra Hall Photography gets photo credit for both shots.
Anyway, this is the photo I received. Alvin is his usual sparkly self, stepping up like the terrific Saddlebred he is. Thank you Alvin for taking good care of me.
This is the photo I personally preferred, and, in fact, ordered.
From my dressage and hunter days, I thought this was an AWESOME medium trot by Alvin! My teacher explained that it’s a matter of perspective, and why we didn’t place higher – he’s not supposed to be extending out – he’s supposed to be UP! What a difference the show specs make!