It is very hard for me now to pick up a pen and write a new blog after the tragic event that occurred within our EasyCare Family. It just hit too close to home. I am still extremely sad and in pain to the deepest level in my soul.
And now what? We are all supposed to pick up the pieces and keep going. I guess we have to. Life is going on and we cannot keep staying in a state of sorrow forever. It is unhealthy and also not fair to others close to us who might not have had the privilege of knowing Kevin Myers. But make no mistake about it, it is hard, very hard. Tevis is happening this week, then the Nationals and other rides. EasyCare will develop new products and life will continue. But Kevin's memories will stay with us and that is a good thing. Sooner or later we all shall be united again with him. Hope it will be quite a bit later.
To learn more about what Kevin meant to all of us within the EasyCare Family, you can read up on the last couple of blogs: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/horse-boots-customer-help/postcards-to-kevin, and here: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/easycare-admin/wish-you-were-here.
One of the best blogs about Kevin was written by Garrett Ford. A magnificent tribute to him. I just love Garrett's thoughts about Kevin.
Kevin was very interested in the success of his friends. He was always supportive of me and helped me achieve my goals. He was so looking forward to me reaching the 300 mark of wins in the endurance sport which he himself loved so much. It is sad that he missed that day and event, which happened during the Doubloon Ride, managed by Tennessee Lane of Remuda Run.
Riding GE Pistol Annie at day 2 of the Doubloon ride to achieve the 300 win mark.
While the spirits were dampened by the passing of Kevin, and we all were not really in celebration or partying mood, it was nevertheless a big event that had not been reached by any endurance rider in the the world.
Merri Melde from Endurancenet wrote a very nice article about it, to be read up here.
Trotting out for Completion after the finish of the Doubloon on day 2.
Okay, so far so good, but what does EasyCare have to do with it all, one might ask. Quite a bit, I will answer.
A lot of these wins were actually accomplished using various EasyCare hoof protection products:
- Easyboot Gloves
- Easyboot Glue-Ons
- Easyboot FlipFlops
- EasyShoes Performance and Sport
- Original Easyboot
By far the most used boot was the Glue-On. In over 100 wins the Glue-on boot were used. Simply a reliable hoof boot that gets the job done. Love that boot. Easy to apply and lasting.
Ria McCarthy from Heber City, Utah, just rode with her dad the whole length of the state of Utah from the border of Arizona to the border of Idaho, 605 miles with countless vertical feet over many mountains during her 28 day trip. She and her horse used only one pair of Glue-On boots for the whole trip, and there are still some miles left on the tread. Just incredible performance. No iron shoe would have lasted that long. Ria shared these two photos of the bottom of the Glue-On boots with me:
What a testimony for the Easyboot Glue-Ons. No need to say anything more. These photos say it all.
So we all move on, with a heavy heart, no doubt. I hope time will heal us all and make us better people because of Kevin. We all shall look out more for each other. This will be his legacy he left for us.
From The Bootmeister