Filson Life guest blogger Dennis Lynch is one traveling man. He’s been on the road for the last 8 weeks scoping out the finest thoroughbreds for the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky horse sales this summer. Ever wonder what a man like himself packs for these long hauls? A whole lot of Filson gear, Dennis takes us in his suitcase and on the road with him through this incredible journey.
1 wheeled carry-on
1 travel Kit
1 twill travel bag
1 20 pocket travel vest
4 lightweight chambray shirts
1 antique tin cloth blazer
2 heavy weight pique polo shirts
2 pair lightweight travel pants
1 Filson orange ball cap
2 pairs of Filson shorts
Armed with the above list of Filson products I have spent the last eight weeks on the
road. The main objective was trying to locate and identify promising Thoroughbred
yearlings and recruit them for sale at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky and Saratoga New
York sales in July and August, respectively.
The 25th of February found me boarding a flight to Detroit connecting through
Amsterdam and landing in Doha, Qatar. (A later blog will detail an interesting Filson
happening in the airport in Amsterdam.) The Qatar trip was to make contacts in the
rapidly expanding Thoroughbred business there. Thoroughbreds were the main
attraction, but camels, falcons, and Saluki hounds also played a role.
The first week of March we were inspecting horses in South Carolina and Georgia.
Some wonderful low-country fare was enjoyed there. The second week was a flight to
Oklahoma City with driving stops at ranches through Oklahoma, Louisiana, and ending
up outside of Houston, Texas. Wonderful Cajun cuisine was enjoyed outside of
Lafayette, Louisiana. Back to Lexington and Niece Shannon’s St. Patrick’s day
wedding. (No Filson gear was used, nor any damaged at this event.) Palm Beach
Florida followed up the wedding for the 2-year-old in training sale. Prominent use of
Filson shorts and polo shirts. Lexington for a day and then a flight to Baltimore for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware,
and New Jersey inspections. Everywhere it is SPRINGTIME! We have been fortunate
to be following the bloom of the daffodils and forsythia, redbuds and dogwoods moving
North from Florida, Louisiana the Carolinas, Georgia, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Not
much floral display in Qatar.
Miles and miles of beautiful farmland being plowed earlier due to the early spring in
most parts of the country. April began in San Diego driving north with stops in
Temecula, Chino, Lake Piru, Santa Ynez, Colinga, Pleasanton, and all through the San
Joaquin Valley, certainly one of the most fertile growing regions in all the world. Groves
of pistachios, almonds, kiwis, oranges, avocados, fields of cotton and strawberries.
Flew out of San Francisco after a beautiful, delicious dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf.
Back to Kentucky and then to Ocala Florida one day later. 35 farms stops in 2 1/2 days.
Next week will include upstate New York and then home to start on the Kentucky
inspections. Through all this, plane flights, rental cars, hotel check ins and outs, miles
and miles of countryside, all make and manner or horses, dogs, cattle, chickens, row
crops and blooming flora my Filson gear was always rough and always ready. The one
day stops at home always included washing and drying the clothes, and then back in
the carry on.
It’s hectic, but I feel like I’m the luckiest guy in the world with the best job. I couldn’t ask
for better or more practical gear then Filson to keep me on track.