I was usually riding Angel at the same time Kara was riding Romeo, so I don't have too many photos of them, but I did get some when they did a Ride-a-Test at a local polo venue, Bendabout Farm, in April 2003.
Although the jumps were low, Romeo performed beautifully as always. Jumping was his and Kara's real love.
Neither Romeo nor Kara cared much for dressage, which was (unfortunately) what the lady who ran the farm preferred. She tried her hardest to extend Romeo's trot, which was very comfortable trot, but tended to resemble a Western jog.
That was how, in March 2005, Romeo headed out to west Texas to live on a family ranch. It wasn't so much a "goodbye" as a "see you later." We did see Romeo several more times when we were out there, and Kara got to enjoy riding him. But then we all got older and life got in the way, and for seven years we didn't make it to Texas.
When we finally did, Kara had a poignant reunion with Romeo. It was clear that we weren't the only ones that had aged. Romeo wasn't a five-year old youngster any more, but an eighteen-year old senior horse. He was fine and healthy, but Kara realized that sooner or later he would die on the range and be eaten by buzzards and coyotes, because that's the way things happen out there. She realized that she wanted him to come Home.
Meanwhile, Julie, Angel and Brandy are waiting impatiently--for love of Romeo.