Celebrating the season    
It happened again when Rosie and I went for our cool-down walk after my Saturday lesson. I took a deep breath, smiled and thought how thankful I am to be riding her, and to be here on a crisp bright late fall morning in our beautiful countryside. I’ve only been riding Rosie for a few months. We’ve been working on transitions from walk to trot, leg yields and clear aids. Legacy Rose, AKA Rosie, is a five-year-old bay Danish Warmblood mare. She has four white socks and a star, and she’s very special. It’s really an honor that her owner and my instructor are sharing her with me. 
     I started Saturday lessons about 12 years ago after photographer Dan Muro and I worked on a piece about the Tewksbury barn tour. Visiting those barns opened a door for me and I’ll always be thankful for that. But the magazine has given me so much to be thankful for. Over the past 23 years I have been privileged to meet amazing individuals, artists and crafts people, I’ve visited chefs’ kitchens and sampled unforgettable food, explored charming towns all over New Jersey, and toured picture perfect homes and gardens. The best part — I have been able to share all of it with you. And I’m happy to say, this issue does it all again. So much ahead and so much to be thankful for. I’ll see you in the countryside. (I’ll be the one on Rosie, practicing my transitions.)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Allene Stanton Fay