January 20, 2008
I and my sister Tawnja, had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with your son this summer and I would say we grew to
love him as a brother.
Brian had many great qualities and I think you need recognized as being a wonderful mother. Brian knew how to be
respectful, polite and when he wanted....could show incredible diplomacy. This comes from being taught well in early years
in your home. Brian loved you dearly. He spoke well of you and knew he had disappointed you, at times in his life, but had
a strong desire to improve and to make you proud of him. So, I want to share what I feel you can be proud of; Brian was
intelligent and witty. Oh my was he witty, he could make us laugh till we cried. He was a good horseman and taught us a lot
and these are lessons we will continue to use in our stable. He was a GREAT jockey, that boy could ride. He was a hard worker,
many times after galloping or working other horses, he would come back to our barn to help bathe horses, do up legs and
We had horses that definitely knew his voice and would perk up when he showed up yammering away, like he could do.
We have a mare that would pin her ears back at a lot of people and didn't spend a lot of time with her head out of her stall,
but at the sound of Brian's voice, she was at the front of that stall and many times we saw her head dropped right on his chest
while he cooed and baby-talked to her. The summer before, he went undefeated on her, she is a runner and she loved to run
This last summer, Brian was dedicated to becoming a better person. I believe he truly did find Jesus Christ and was trying,
in his way, to do better. One thing is sure; he ruled Les Bois Park. He had a passion for riding, he would study forms, watch
films and dream about how to win races and he got a lot of that done last summer. He ROCKED...I use to tell him, B Long, you
are the man...he had fan clubs and we got a lot of mileage out of teasing him about them. People here in Boise, grew to yell,
not for the horse, but for Brian Long.
I want to thank you for letting me share some of my memories with you. Brian will be sorely missed.
May time heal your heart, but for now, may you find some peace and contentment knowing, you instilled good things in
your son and due to these qualities, not only I, but many others, will continue to love and miss Brian.
Brian's life was so full; I could write a best seller. Everyone knows he was an exceptionally talented horseman. His Uncle Ronnie said he was the
best, PERIOD. So, I don't need to write about that. Then I thought about a story that Brian enjoyed telling….
He was in Jr. High School and the office called me about the number of times Brian had been absent. I was stunned and knew they had to be
wrong. When I got to the office and went through his file, I found numerous notes "signed by me" excusing him from classes he had missed. I
questioned the school about why they were not suspicious when in several of the notes his name was misspelled as BRAIN and I surely knew how
to spell my son's name. He would laugh and say he should have had a smarter girlfriend.
He would want for me to mention one of the most important days of his life and that was his baptism last November. He was so happy about that.
His Aunt Betty and I both noticed something different in Brian when he came home Christmas. He said grace Christmas Day - pretty sure it was
the one and only time.
During Christmas, one day, Brian, Daron and I went to San Francisco for the afternoon. During lunch, on the 52nd floor
in the Carnelian Room, Brian and Daron got up from the table, walked over to look at the fantastic view. As I watched
my son and daughter from the table, an indescribable feeling came over me - I somehow knew it was a very special moment
and to enjoy every second of what I was experiencing. I am certain that we were blessed and given that precious
time to be 'alone together'. In fact, after Christmas, Brian never failed to mention in his daily phone call just how
special that day was with just the three of us.
To hear Brian's baptism click on this player:
A moment of silence for Brian was observed about a week after his passing at Sunland Park in New Mexico. Click on the You Tube link below to view