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We’ve Got Ribbons!

Stadium jumping at the Woodside Horse Trial

My Pretty Show Pony (AKA Sadie) has won 3 ribbons in 2 outings this show season!
First and Third place at her first “real” dressage show…
Seventh place at her second “real” horse trial…
I’m so proud!
And maybe that’s why I haven’t written anything lately. I’ve been too busy getting ready and stressing out over shows. Every time I go to a show I wonder why the heck I do this to myself. It adds about 15 hours of chores to my already outrageous amount of horse chores. It makes my digestive system do funny things for the whole week before hand. The day of the show it makes me feel like I might die (perhaps exacerbated by previous show-related near-death experiences). It makes my mouth so dry and cottony that I almost gag. Sounds fun, right?
But it is! When it’s all over. There’s this nice adrenaline rush. There’s the exhiliration that goes with reaching a goal, or getting closer to it, or learning what I need to do next time to do a better job of it. And sometimes there’s ribbons to show for our efforts…. but it’s not about ribbons. Really. It’s about fun. And learning. And challenging myself.
So, here’s to the next show and torturing myself!

This is right when I start to feel really sick: just as we're about to go inside and ride our test.

Comments

Comment from maRk!
Time June 12, 2007 at 8:50 PM

Congratulations!

But let’s be honest, it’s all about the ribbons.

I’m thinking the wife and I should start giving out ribbons to each other whenever the other does well at being a husband/wife.

Of course, I would have no ribbons and the wife would bully me into giving ribbons to her for things like her not yelling at me when I’m being a Goofus.

But I digress.

Ribbons rock.
And so do you!

Comment from Caroline
Time November 26, 2010 at 5:24 AM

Hi erin!!!! That jumping photo is really cool!!!!!

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