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Making the Best of It

It’s been a while since I have been able to write. I apologize, as life has been busy!

Lots of interesting things are going on in the world; so many of our horse family all over the world have been affected. It is the first time any of us have ever experienced something like this, and the same is probably true for many of our parents. There is nothing more frightening than the unknown.

I am trying to keep my life and family life as normal as possible. We go to work daily and enjoy our clientele when they come to visit. Addi, our youngest, homeschools, so this is a normal routine for her; however, Brendyn has been out of school for two weeks now with at least another two. It’s possible the school will stay closed until the end of the school year.

This change has been one that has made me appreciate our lifestyle and ability to work outside. Our horse community has adapted, and life as we once knew it will get back to normal soon. In the meantime, I am enjoying more time at home than I have ever had in my career.

Craig Schmersal and his wife making the best of their time at home

I am focusing on my 3-year-olds and derby horses. I am doing projects around the ranch that I have wanted to do, but never had enough time to complete. I am not going to fib … I am enjoying this time.

Our life as horse trainers revolves around deadlines. At the moment, my next deadline is a minimum of eight weeks away. I feel relaxed and am going to embrace this time with my family and horses. My wife tells me the best gift I can give my family is time. For once, I feel like I have it.

Times like these make me realize how lucky we are and how we take what we have for granted. I am going to look at the next eight weeks as a time to appreciate my family, friends, life and country. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.