My children have always enjoyed the costume contests at the local fair, especially the horse costume contest. A couple of years ago my daughter Elizabeth decided to make her horse into a Zebra and be “Racing Stripes. Her horse is an all-white (actually grey) paint mare and it worked perfect. The only problem was that the costume contest was on Saturday and the gaming events were on Sunday. Elizabeth had scoured the town looking for black hairspray and upon failing to find any she settled on spray paint thinking it would wash out. It did, three months later. Elizabeth won the costume contest. It was such an exciting day as we had three winners from our club competing for grand champion. It was great when we had both the grand and reserve champion costume entries. But what was even better was the next day when Elizabeth won the pole bending on her “Zebra”. The general public asked repeatedly if we had a real zebra. I guess as she rounded the barrels and poles Elizabeth gave new meaning to the name “Racing Stripes”.
For months we had the kids on the bus commenting on the Zebra in our pasture. I look back on this now and think what an adventure this was for all of us. She used her imagination to create a fun costume and in doing so became a conversation piece around the community. I can only hope that as the years go on and my younger children grow that they are as innovative and creative as their sister. We have horses in every color shape and size but she found the costume that worked best for her horse and ran with it. Maybe in the years to come my little ones will find something almost as good. But until then I will remember this costume as one of my favorites.