I found a picture the other day of me at age 6 or 7 with my friend at the time. We were on our ponies at a horse show. I don’t remember where it was or what classes I went in or even how I placed, but I remember having fun riding and being in the show ring. I loved dressing up and wearing my cowboy hat and boots. I had no idea where to put my feet or how to hold my hands properly, but I loved being in the ring.
Well, many years (many years) have passed since then, and I still love being in the show ring. I love dressing up and wearing my hat and boots and showing off my beautiful horse. Now, some of my friends say I am very competitive in the ring, and I must admit that they are right. I do love leaving with blue ribbons, but mostly I just like the ride. Recently, my sister decided to try her hand showing with me at the Arabian shows. She kept going back and forth “I want to go. No I don’t. I can’t do it. I am not good enough to show with those people. They are all fancy trainers.” I reminded her that I am those people for the most part. I told her to look around. There is hay and manure on the floor of the barn. The horses are dirty with mohawk bridle paths. Our show clothes are in a wrinkled mess in a dress bag somewhere and yet here we are getting ready for show season. And believe me, we are no different from anyone else getting ready for show season including the "fancy trainers". The conversation with her reminded me that no matter what, just have fun. Ride your horse to the best of both your abilities and you will be fine. The conversation also helped me remember that no matter what, the most important part of having a horse is to enjoy the ride no matter where you are.