As equestrians, we can easily sit down and point to various horses we’ve come across that have had a huge impact on our riding careers. Maybe it’s the first horse you ever sat on, the first horse you owned, or somewhere in between, but these horses taught us invaluable lessons about riding… and about life. I can easily point to several horses I’ve ridden that have shaped who I am today, but there’s one horse in my life who I didn’t ride much at all that has not only touched my heart, but has forever changed my world view… and it’s that horse I want to celebrate today.
If you’ve spent some time in the show ring, chances are you’ve accumulated a few ribbons. And if you’re anything like me, you want to stare at your hard-earned satin all day long. The problem is figuring out a way to display them so they’re visible, pretty, yet (somewhat) contained. I’ve done quite a few ribbon display projects over the years, including a shadowbox, basketball display case and large glass jars. But this horse show ribbon display hanger is by far my favorite project to date.
The New Vocations Charity Horse Show has become somewhat of a landmark occasion for Miles and I. Sometimes it’s because great things happen… and sometimes it’s the opposite. But regardless of which way the chips fall, I always enjoy looking back because I can see so much progress. We may not be moving up in height very quickly, we may not look picture perfect over every jump… but I am becoming a better rider than I’ve ever been. And making sure I take the time to SEE that and BELIEVE that is so, incredibly important.
By Sunday, which was our fourth day at the show, we were all tired… but still riding the high from Friday and Saturday. The only thing better than doing well yourself, is when your entire team does really well — and let me tell you, #TeamBrookside was killing it. In the interest of saving my strength and my horse’s stamina, I scratched our warm-up round on Sunday, but I still planned to do two full divisions: Intermediate Adult Hunter and Handy Hunter Non-Pro, both at 2’6″.
New Vocations is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and retraining Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses after their career on the racetrack. They’re the nation’s largest racehorse adoption program, and it all began right here in Central Ohio. Every year they host a horse show to showcase the Thoroughbred breed and raise money for their adoption efforts. It’s a really fun horse show for a great cause, and we always attend. Our barn takes more horses and riders to this show than any other… which always makes for some crazy adventures, and this year was no exception!