I used to own an Arabian gelding named, “Beau.” He was an English Owner-to-Ride National Champion. And actor William Devane later owned Beau and used him to compete in polo matches. Being a part of Beau’s life taught me a great deal about competition. Beau was born with the desire to win. It boiled in his veins, and nothing was going to hold him back, but the rider’s reins.
I learned this the hard way when I decided to enter him in the Scottsdale Parada del Sol, which features 500 other horses on a five-hour trek through town. It’s still one of the most historic parades of its kind and a not-to-be missed event. It’s going on next week.
I spent the entire parade trying to keep Beau in his place in line. He thought he was there to best the other horses and that meant getting to the head of the pack. When the wild ladies of the west would move through the crowd yelling cat calls, this only gave Beau permission to join them.
When we finally and mercifully finished the parade, I got off the horse, and Beau was in no mood to quit. I tried tying him to a fence—which is greatly frowned upon among cowboys—just to get his bridle and bit off.
While I was exhausted at the end of the day, I realized that humans aren’t the only living beings who are born with characteristics that set them apart. Some of us are hard-wired to try our best to win. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so focused, but Beau and I are made of the same stuff and for that, I make no apologies.