for a few laughs

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

This was in about '73 or '74

Our local event...gaited classes, TN Walkers and such. No dressage.

I got picked to be 'ribbon girl' because they knew a few snorts or hoof paws wouldn't send me squealing for the stands. I did barrel racing so could handle myself just fine.

I was digging through some old stuff to post on my high school website and found this. Thought ya'll would get a kick out of it.

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Victoria, TX(Zone 9b)

That ain't "funny stuff."

That's incredibly cool!

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more Pictures!!

Hip Hip Hooray More Pictures! :)

Richmond, TX

I think they picked the ribbon girl for her looks!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I'm afraid that is the only image of the event. It was fun doing the show...I was actually better equipped to handle myself than my escort was...he'd never been around horses, but was on the football team...not sure how that qualifies one...but I digress. It would have really been front page news to have me rescuing him from an unruly equine...but closer to the truth.

He's recovering from esophagus cancer at the moment, and we're all trying to lift his spirits, so keep my old buddy in your thoughts if you will.

South Hamilton, MA

Oh dear. Best to him. 'Recovering' sounds good. Ring people must be cool so good that you were.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Yes, it has been a long year for Mark, but he went from stage 4 to we're all thankful. Our HS class has remained quite close over the 30+ years ('75 grad) He and I had a highly contested run for Jr. class president...he beat me by 8 votes out of a class of 200. (and I even passed out cookies!)

South Hamilton, MA

Were they good cookies?

Victoria, TX(Zone 9b)

apparently not good enough.


KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Love the pic Melody!! That's cool that you got to do that. All I ever did was run around at the local rodeo and beg people to let me ride their horses for a little while. lol.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I made them...and I thought they were quite good, but he just had to flash that smile and turn on the charm (of which he had an overabundance) and girls would swoon. (I couldn't compete with that) He actually grew up to be a nice man with a lovely, and loving, family...but was the classic 'cute bad boy' in school.

We had fun doing the horse show though.

Victoria, TX(Zone 9b)

LOL.. Yeah, if the girls had swooned at you, that woulda been creepy. :)

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)


South Hamilton, MA

& teen age boys are too silly to swoon. Fall in love with horses, not teen age boys. Nice when they grow up to be nice people.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I agree...and I was horse crazy...not boy crazy.
I'd spend Saturday afternoons washing my horse, instead of primping for a date.

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

Sounds like my DD. She can't stand HS drama!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I was never into HS drama either. Spent my time with the horses and friends who rode.

Love the pic. Did you or do you ride gaited horses? I didn't get into gaited horses until we moved here to Ky. I wouldn't ride anything else now. If it wasn't for the easy gaited horses I couldn't ride now. My hip and knees wouldn't allow it. My balance is a bit off now so i have to stick to the calm ones but I am blessed that we have several of them. Going to have to sell my big guy, though. He is far from calm but such a ride!!!

Medina, OH

Have to chime in here. Spent my youth in 4-H and every Sunday at a show. Saturday night was spent cleaning tack and loading the trailer. No time for boys and that was OK. Then met a guy who didn't mind the Friday night date and came to all the shows on Sunday. What a trooper. Actually I just sent him an email. After all these years we are still buddies! Funny how, in those days, my "social" life was centered around my 4-H club and my horse show buddies. I wouldn't change a thing!!!
Just bought another horse yesterday, but that's for another thread....

South Hamilton, MA

Let us know about the horse. Curiosity is endemic.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Boy isn't that the truth iris!! lol

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Gotta have pics of the new herd member.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Cajun, I had a racking mare for awhile and she had a cool gait that I really enjoyed, but we did more trail riding than anything, and even though she had an easy seat, she was a bit high strung and there were vicious fenceposts, creekbanks and invisible monsters lurking everywhere, ready to tear her throat out. (or so she believed) She managed to live through each trip, but clearly didn't enjoy it. We found her a home where she had a nice safe arena and paddock.

She was also capable of stripping all tack from her body (saddle, bridle ...everything) if left tied and unmonitored for over 10 minutes.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I love a racking horse. Some of them are so smooth you don't move a bit. My gelding, Shaq, is as smooth as you could ever want and he has a lot of style. A nice, high front end when flat shod but he has some mental issues. When I was riding him on a regular basis he was doing well. But he's not a horse that can take a layoff. He does well on the trail, doesn't spook, but he doesn't really relax and enjoy the time. Glory is the same way and Firefly to some extent. Coffee and Godiva do enjoy their time on the trails but they are not as smooth as the others so it's a tradeoff. If I could combine Godiva's temperment and Shaq's movement and looks, I'd have a perfect horse.

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