Editor's Postcard

Late to the Party

Late to the Party
Catherine Madera

Celebrating the Late Bloomer

by Catherine Madera



Photo Courtesy Catherine Madera. My lovable late bloomer, Diamonte

In this culture there is nothing so exciting as fast success; we idolize the child wonder, the overnight sensation. We like things quick and outstanding. This is not a friendly environment for the “late bloomer.” Wikipedia defines this condition as: a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual. Famous late bloomers include artist Grandma Moses, who began painting in her 70’s, and Colonel Sanders who started the franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken in his 60’s. While early success is impressive, I’m most fascinated by the late bloomer, the one whose talents (mental or physical) are hidden until suddenly, when the time is right, they blossom.

Like people, horses can also be late bloomers. I hate to think of the many horses thrown away or ruined because nobody saw their talents or was willing to wait for them to mature. In our fast paced world we value the world champion 3-year-old, the horse recognized as outstanding from the moment it hits the ground. This is why I love stories of horses like Aurab. A stallion that left a huge mark on the Arabian breed, this legend was not recognized in the show ring until the age of 11 (Reference: http://diablovista.homestead.com/Aurab.html). Currently I own a horse related to Aurab named Diamonte. While I cannot say he is outstanding, he is most definitely a late bloomer with talents yet to be developed. When frustrated, I’ve been tempted to make long term assumptions about his future based simply on slow maturity. Then I think of Grandma Moses and Colonel Sanders; I think of horses like Aurab that found their place in history in middle age.

Development of talent—and every horse has some, in various measure—is a process. The biggest block to helping them achieve success is often tied to human impatience. This month we have a new trainer, Gerry Cox, who expands on this subject in a series called “It’s a Process, Not an Event.” I hope you enjoy it. And don’t miss learning new ways to have fun with your horse in our cover story on page 6.

Ride On!


Published in May 2016 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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