So, one of my dreams has always been to take lessons with Lendon Gray. I completely adore her. She is one of the only BNT/BNR that I actually think really highly of. OK, well, her and the O'Connors. I applied to take a lesson with her through the NEDA Flextime program , which I talked about here
If I had been smarter, I would have become a working student with Lendon back when I was in college or right afterward. Oh well, too late now. :p
So I wrote to her recently, saying that while I may not have received a Flextime lesson with her, I was still interested in possibly coming down to take lessons over a weekend. I had no idea if this was even something she would consider, seeing as I am sure she has plenty of local clients already and having me come down would probably be a pain in the butt.
I was pleasantly surprised to get an email the other day, saying:
Elizabeth, I would love to have you come. Lessons are $110. Stabling is about $35 per night although a new person will be running the stable this summer. There is a motel in Mt. Kisco and Armonk -- closest -- less expensive ones in Brewster, Danbury, CT and maybe Stamford, CT.
Umm, wait. Did Lendon Gray REALLY just say she would love to have me come for a weekend of lessons???????? Two lessons and overnight stabling for two nights would be $290. The round trip is approximately 600 miles, and if I pretend the price of gas might be $3.00 this summer (crossing fingers), then I am looking at $150 in gas. And a hotel and food? Well I could do this for $550 or so. But an opportunity to ride twice with Lendon and then hang around all day at her farm to watch her teach others and such????
(OK, I know that is a corny MasterCard commercial, but hey, it works.)
Of course, I might just be being outrageous here and there is no way this would work. But what the hell......I can save money. I sent myself to Nationals in NJ last year, paying my own way, WITHOUT a job! I can do anything, man. (And it does seem that I have a few generous sponsors too.) ;-)