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Alice & Susan – T&T Ranch – Haines

It’s a great joy for us to be part of helping people find joy in their horses and through music. That’s what makes life worthwhile.

Susan Triplett
Susan Triplett

Susan: “I think the relationship we have with horses is different than the contact many people have with them.  And what we want to do with horses is oftentimes misunderstood. People say: ‘Oh, you train horses,’ but we never taught horses anything. We were teaching people. And it’s the same thing with us personally. We’re developing a relationship with a horse and gaining a greater depth of understanding. We want to learn how to communicate well with the horse. It gets to be spiritual and it’s not on the same level that a lot of people think of their horses. Now with Covid, we’re not teaching other people too much anymore, but we’re getting to actually focus on our own personal horsemanship journey and we experience a great joy from that.”

Alice: “Sharing with other people what the horses have taught me continues to be a passion. As an example, I’ve worked with a magazine publisher for years who produces The Eclectic Horseman and Horseman’s Gazette, a quarterly video instructional magazine. I’ve written a number of articles and been included in different videotaped pieces. We’re excited about the next series that will come out soon.  It is a way to share and teach horsemanship virtually when we can’t teach in-person.

Learning what horses have to teach us can apply to the rest of our life too. Both of us have a great joy of music. Our roles with the Grande Ronde Symphony and being able to continue the legacy of this 73 year old institution is very important to both of us. It’s been a challenge with the pandemic. How do you stay connected when you can’t physically get together for rehearsals or performance? For both horsemanship and performing arts, the answer is the same. We have to look at ways to use virtual media so we can still share what we would have done in a live performance or a live teaching situation. The positive side is that we can now expand it to a much larger audience. Our symphony music director has pivoted into a role that is virtual, helping us put together little vignettes of solo and small ensemble gatherings and even our young fiddle club students. In October we presented ‘A Night In With the Symphony’, a live event that aired on Facebook and Eastern Oregon Alive TV. A video company recorded the musicians ahead of time and our music director and I were hosts. It was very successful, not only in the quality of the music, but also from a fundraising standpoint. People were incredibly generous. And we expanded our audience. We even had people from back in Alabama watch it.”

Susan: “It’s a great joy for us to be part of helping people find joy in their horses and through music. That’s what makes life worthwhile.”

Alice Trindle