Friday, July 24, 2009

Giving a Shout Out To...Us!!

Very exciting news, in yesterday's newspaper there was a short piece done on some of my clients and students, and their horses. Thank you, you know who you are!! There is nothing more fun than the wide eyed excitement of a child when they are acknowledged and applauded for their accomplishments, and this is no exception.

A very talented young student of mine is leading the Year End High Point for both English Walk/Trot and Western Walk/Jog at one of our tough show series' in the area, and the filly I am embarking on the Great Longeline Class Adventure with is leading the Year End High Point in both of her Halter divisions at another, different show series.

So here we are, the next show is one week from tomorrow. Countdown!! :)

I admit it, I am a horse show junkie. Love the process of getting horses (and riders/handlers) ready, love the preparation, love the excitement and love the competition. Everything leading up to show day are just as fabulous to me as the big day itself.

There are things that I don't like about showing horses, most of all some of the methods used to get horses "competitive" in their respective disciplines and often the tack used on some of the poor horses, along with the treatment some of them endure. I dislike the perception that some folks give of this sport that I love.

But enough about that.

I just wanted to share the excitement of owners and students, that there is a whole lot of good going on out there in horse show land. It doesn't get better than that!



  1. Congratulations SFTS. I volunteer teaching poor kids to read. (Before I was an information scientist/librarian, I was a LD teacher) There is nothing like the "high" you get when an outside source gives a student unsolicited,genuine praise.

  2. Thanks, but the congrats are not for me...they are for the kids!! :)

  3. So hey, SFTS, give us a link to that article! I would love to see it.

  4. I don't think it is on the internet... :( Will have to look. If I can find it, I'll post the link! Our local newspaper *does* have a website, but I don't believe the "Horse Talk" feature is one they publish online. Otherwise, I can always think about scanning it and posting as an image, if that might work. :)

  5. Yeah, post an image, whatever!

    It's so rewarding when the kids do well--some end up going on to other things, some stick with it, some make it their career--hopefully they all had a good experience that they learned from, no matter what they decide to do in the future.

    15 years ago I was involved in Pony Club, as a rater and Horse Management judge. Turns out one of those kids went on to become a trainer--I'm going to take some lessons from her!

  6. I'll try to get that scanned and post a link to it. :)

    Very cool about the girl who was in your PC becoming a trainer! Love to hear things like that. A few of my former students have gone on to be trainers and instructors, in various disciplines. One of them is doing high school Dressage training, and another is training "medieval jousting" horses. Pretty neat stuff!

  7. Okay, even better than having to upload and link, if you'd like to see the article, shoot me an email ( and I will send it to you. It's all scanned and saved. :)


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