After Polk had bestowed his many life lessons, Dena was forever smitten by horses and ready to move into competitive showing. Dena showed very successfully as a hunter jumper through college. Her showing taught her many more life lessons; most importantly, at least for her and later for Storybook, that it was the constancy of her relationship with her horses (always there for her during any of life’s difficult moments) and sense of responsibility for their wellbeing that truly mattered that could change a heart.