What Draws Us To This Industry, By Headley Bell


Oscar Performance foals at Mill Ridge Farm | Headley Bell

About the time 'spring was about to sprung,' we all got hit…and hit very hard. As a way to adapt and hopefully share, about 8:30 each morning I posted short videos on Twitter. The grass was just starting to green and the birds were starting to sing and yes, we were welcoming our first crop of Oscar Performance babies here at Mill Ridge Farm. It made for a very uplifting setting and the response to these videos is heartwarming.

At the same time, Horse Country was actively working with their members and from that was born our virtual tours on Facebook. The idea that everyone was struggling with isolation, possibly sickness and certainly the unknown provided an outlet for virtual tours to be a respite.

Think about this: Claiborne Farm has had as many as 202,000 visitors to their virtual tour. Many of these people were unfamiliar with the horse and land and stories that accompany our lives. It was a welcome change for them.

While we are still dealing in the unknown, we are further down the road and for the most part have managed remarkably well. We are reminded of the essence of what draws us to this industry and many more people have become fans.

Patty Wolfe at the TDN was kind enough to put some of those videos together into this feature. I hope you enjoy it.

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