Shakespeare: Who through yonder stable door doth pass this beauteous summer’s eve?
Sophia Loren: Buona sera, bello.
Shakespeare: More glorious a sight mine eyes hath never beheld!
Sophia Loren: Dire qualcosa di poetico a me, Shakespeare.
Shakespeare: Fair maiden doth know my name!!!! How knowest she that I am a Muse of poetry?
Sophia Loren: Sembra che io vivrò nella stalla di fronte a voi.
Shakespeare: Be still my heart … she’s to live in the stall across from me. My knees are as jelly. I shall accomplish nothing.
Sophia Loren: Dire qualcosa di dolce per me, Shakespeare, per favore.
Shakespeare: She desireth poetry. O, resist, thou besotted fool! Resist! Alas, I cannot. Her wish is my command! … “Dearest Sophia, thine eyes are the pools of love in which my Scribe doth dip her pen.”
Sophia Loren: Oh, così bello, il mio amore. Penso che stare qui con te per sempre.
Shakespeare: Oh, how I have pleased her!! Sophia hath declared her eternal devotion to me.
Sophia Loren: Mi scusi, cara Shakespeare, ma come si fa a capire quello che sto dicendo a voi?
Shakespeare: She wonders at my language prowess. “O fair maiden, once thou hast wrapped the Scribe around thy dainty hoof all things are possible. In fairness, the Google Translator doth serve rather well.”
Sophia Loren: Capisco completamente. Cura di unirsi a me per una carota?
Shakespeare: Oh, how the wheel of love doth spin! She shareth with me a fondness for orange root vegetables! … A carrot! A carrot! My kingdom for a carrot! … “Make haste, dearest Scribe, and render unto me and my fair maiden the source of our mutual affection!”
Sophia Loren: Grazie, bello Shakespeare.
Shakespeare: Neigh! Thank you!
Scribe: Oh, brother …
See what I’m up against now? The creative Muse gone wild!!!
Remember that silver lining I mentioned months ago in the depths of winter after the sad diagnosis of Bear’s career-ending suspensory ligament injury?
Well, after the better part of seven months searching for my next dressage partner here she is … Sophia Loren (Sophi) ~ a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare by Schwarzenegger out of Alwine.
Sophi arrived Wednesday, July 22, and has proven to be as much a character as my boy, Shakespeare. Not only does she share his good looks (in a supremely girly way), she has demonstrated a flare for the flamboyant gesture as well. When I bathe her (it’s been really hot the past few days) she drinks straight from the hose and demands … yes, demands … some play time with water in the little red bucket I bought especially for her. She loves all treats and is as adept at getting what she wants as any Hollywood starlet. And yet, she’s so classy about it. So, Sophia Loren.
So, the search is over and I find myself with two larger-than-life equine personalities named after a bard and an actress. I dare say we will be in for the occasional animated dialogue.
My thanks to friend and barn manager Wendy Hoehne, coach Stefan Von Schalburg, and Sophi’s trainer, Tom Dvorak, for their wisdom and guidance during this horse shopping process, and to my husband for supporting and believing in my dreams.
Oh … and thank you to Shakespeare, of course, for sharing me (and his carrots) with his fair maiden.
Nurture what you love …
Bear and Sophi sitting up a tree … ;-)
©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015