Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A Sad Loss......

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."
~ Anon

This morning I woke to the sad news that Campbell Gillies had died in a tragic accident while on  holiday in Greece. I didn't know Campbell personally but through reading about him in Lucinda's blog and seeing him many times at the races. Like many others who follow racing I felt I knew him and will remember him as a smiler with a cheeky twinkle in his eye. And I will never forget what must go down as his finest ride when winning on Brindisi Breeze at Cheltenham (photo) in March. Who would have considered that both would now no longer be with us. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends and too his second family at Arlary (((hugs))). RIP Campbell x

The Hooves of the Horse ~ William Henry Ogilvie

The hoofs of the horses! — Oh! witching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird
Can stir me as hoofs of the horses have stirred.

They spurn disappointment and trample despair,
And drown with their drum-beats the challenge of care;
With scarlet and silk for their banners above,
They are swifter than Fortune and sweeter than Love.

On the wings of the morning they gather and fly,
In the hush of the night-time I hear them go by —
The horses of memory thundering through
With flashing white fetlocks all wet with the dew.

When you lay me to slumber no spot you can choose
But will ring to the rhythm of galloping shoes,
And under the daisies no grave be so deep
But the hoofs of the horses shall sound in my sleep.


Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Early, unexpected deaths are always such a tragic occurrence.

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Very true Gail today would have been his 22nd birthday :(