It is with great sadness that we inform everyone of the passing of Polly Kranick. She was one of the quietest, kindest members of our community and if you did not have the honor of knowing her, I am sad for you, too. Polly loved every aspect of our sport. She rode, she competed, she owned a slew of lovely horses, she was happiest making someone else's event pleasant.
If Polly was at an event, she was also at the cross-country jump briefing. If there was an Adult Rider gathering, she came by. Over the years, I enjoyed spending time with Polly at events or camp or visiting with her at her barn. Saturday evening at an event was complete when she shared a kind word no matter how the day went. She was always willing to lend a hand whenever asked and was the jump judge you hoped was covering a difficult fence. I cannot remember an unkind word pass her lips. Her heart was in this sport and knowing her made Area VII eventing better.
Her passing adds to the sadness I know so many of us feel already. I can't remember an Adult Rider camp without her though she may have missed one or two. I can't remember an Annual Meeting without her. She made you want to be better to your friends, to your horse, to your self.
Whether or not you knew Polly, please think about dedicating a few hours at an event and lend a hand to honor her love for our sport.