The first death was of a pillar in the Iberian community, Amber. I met Amber when Tres went to AAALSHA Nationals back in 2010, and despite being separated by many states, we became FB friends. I admired Amber not only for her mad skills with horses, but also her boundless passion and willingness to devote herself to various causes. She was one of the founding members of AndalusianWorld.com and the Andalusian World Cup – giving me the opportunity to spend a week immersed in the breed I’m so passionate about last September. If it weren’t for Amber, I wouldn’t have had that chance.
|Photo by Kevin Kidder. On the incomparable Obelisco MAC.|
|A photo I took of Amber at AWC with Kate & Kevin, the other forces behind AndalusianWorld.|
|Jon goofing off during a riding lesson in 2008.|
I really couldn’t tell you what prompted me to check up on him last week. Maybe it was hearing the tragic news that Amber lost her battle with cancer. I’m not sure. But when I did, I was devastated to discover that his cancer had come back, worse than ever, and that he lost his battle in September – the same week I flew out to Vegas for AWC. My heart is still breaking for his family -- I can’t even imagine being in his wife’s shoes, and the knowledge that his two sons will grow up not knowing their amazing dad… it just kills me inside a little. There is a GoFundMe to cover the financial burden his family faced before his passing.
|The day I found out, I saw the most random piece of rainbow on my way home, out of nowhere.|