Or that this picture was taken eight years ago (his first summer of work!):
Or even that this one was three years ago (our first summer in the Adult Hunters), feels like yesterday:
Today is an extra special birthday for Tucker because it is also Kentucky Derby Day. The day Tucker was born, it was Kentucky Derby Day, so Tucker was actually originally named Kentucky, which eventually got shortened to Tuck, and evolved into Tucker. I remember when I turned to the trainer I worked for and said, "I think we should call him Tucker." She smiled and said, "That's perfect, every barn needs a Tucker." And you all know the rest, I fell in love with the awkward, gangly baby, and had to bring him with me to law school, and then the rest of our adventures began.
Every year on the blog I usually spend some of the post gushing over my beautiful boy, and I'm afraid this year is no different. So, here goes. Thank you Tucker, for a decade full of countless moments of pure happiness and gratitude, teaching me how to be a better rider, reminding me to be a better person, and helping me keep all my priorities in order. I cannot imagine what life would have been like without you. Here's to many more birthdays. I love you.
I am off to take Tucker for his birthday ride, and enjoy the absolutely perfect weather we are having in New Jersey today. Hope you all have a wonderful Kentucky Derby Day and Tucker's Birthday Day!