Sal, the hard-working American Belgian chestnut mare who’s a familiar presence at the farm year-round, took center stage on July 19 when Farm Manager Megan Phillips invited campers and staff to a Sal-ebration honoring the 20th birthday of this beloved horse. “Sal will be available for belly scratches and mane braiding on her special day,” wrote Phillips in the invitation. Indeed, the campers wove flowers into Sal’s braids for the occasion. On a perfect summer afternoon that everyone hoped would never end, party-goers participated in log-pulling, a “Guess that Implement” game, and “Pin the Tail on the (Wooden) Horse,” and stopped by a pick-your-own carrot station for a healthy snack. In the late afternoon, everyone climbed up to the hayloft, where new hay provided a comfortable place to relax and breathe in the sweet smells. As campers and farmers shared stories of their experiences with Sal, she dozed below in the gold afternoon light streaming through the barn door. We thank Sal for the hard work and good spirit she has given to Chewonki. This party celebrated one fine horse.