All For Show

I was that little girl who lived and breathed horses.  My parents enrolled me in horse camp every summer, and dutifully drove me out to the barn all year round for riding lessons.  My appetite for all things equestrian was insatiable.   I rode both Western and English styles, trying everything from Horsemanship classes, to Barrel Racing and (of course) Hunter/Jumper.  I loved it all.

Even though I do not take lessons any more, (though I really want to start it up again….) my love for anything that neighs, has four hooves and a mane is still as strong as ever.  All of this being said, whenever I get the chance to photograph horses or equestrian events, I *jump* (ha-ha!) at it.

This is how I found myself at a local ranch this past Sunday with my camera and couple of dozen young riders and their mounts.  The event was a Hunter/Jumper show, the competition was good-natured and the weather was absolutely fabulous.

The perfect Sunday for a horse show!

As I had been working indoors for the past few days on house reno’s, I was more than happy to spend a couple of hours admiring the horses and watching the action both in and around the ring.

 As I watched these young riders, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own experiences in the ring.  Each one stayed with me, grew with me and shaped me – of this I am certain…

3 thoughts on “All For Show

  1. Saddle Club books were my favourite!!! I had forgotten all about those…thanks! I too had to stop riding due to college…and then everything that comes with being an adult got in the way. Why do we let this happen? I am glad you got back into it…perhaps I should follow your….lead. 😉 I think every little girl should have some experience with horses. It truly does stay with you for life. Thank you for thoughts….I am happy to have shared…. 🙂

  2. Oh you got me with this post. I also grew up on horses and couldn’t get enough, Saddle Club books and all. Though I stopped riding when I went to college, I picked it up again two years ago (after a very long hiatus). It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself. If you can start up again I really recommend it. My early experiences in the ring also shaped who I became, but even more now I find that I end up working out any issue I’m facing in the ring. Whatever challenge comes up mirrors something in my broader life. Thanks for sharing this!

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