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FOO Chronicles: Maggie and First Horse Show

I don’t remember very much about my first few years of riding, but I do remember Maggie. Maggie was a stock-bred mare (probably Paint or Quarter Horse) in her mid to late teens. In fact, Maggie is one of two mares I’ve ridden more than once. So she should probably get a special prize for her amazing personality.Anyways, Maggie was a tank of a mare and kind of cranky, but so very easy to ride. She was the first horse that I rode regularly in lessons, and the horse that carried me through my very first horse show on Sunday, May 17, 1998.

I showed in the Walk-Trot Beginner division, which consisted of Equitation, Pleasure, Stake Bend, Barrels and Keyhole (ridden English or Western). I remember the classes perfectly; probably because it was the only show I ever attended where I wasn’t nervous… to be ignorant and naive again!
I was the best at riding Walk-Trot!
Anyways, Equitation was first, and out of 8 riders, I placed first! I was so ridiculously excited and I remember that nothing could wipe that smile off my face. Pleasure was up next, and Maggie and I managed a 4th. I was a bit disappointed, but I was still pretty pumped to receive my (second ever) ribbon.
The next three classes were all timed and were moved inside: Stake Bend, Barrels and Keyhole. I was worried I wouldn’t do well because Maggie was pretty slow, but I remember my mom telling me she was already so proud of me, so just to go out there and have fun. And that’s what I did! I kicked that poor mare the entire time to keep her trotting and we ended up with a 3rd, 1st and 3rd!
The beginning of a serious satin addiction! 
Afterwards I put Maggie away and fed her about a bajillion carrots. If I remember correctly, I think she ate a 5 lb bag in 30 seconds flat. Like I said, she was a tank. After that I met back up with my best friend, M, who had shown also. We watched a class or two and then they announced the division placings. Lo and behold, I was crowned Champion!
I was obviously a protégé and this Champion ribbon was a tell-tale sign of greatness to come… sort of.
Best friends ride together and win together (I’m on the right)


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18 thoughts to “FOO Chronicles: Maggie and First Horse Show”

  1. So cute! I can’t believe your w/t division had barrels and keyhole! That’s really fun. I didn’t show w/t until I took Elvis to his first horse shows… and I was old then 🙂

    1. Yeah, we were backyard hillbillys with all sorts of fun classes, even for the kiddos who probably shouldn’t have done them, haha

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