|best banquet EVAR|
Naturally, I've spend the past month obsessing about whether my scores would get reported correctly and if my membership was in good standing and basically anything I could think of that could go wrong. It was pretty nerve-wracking.
|ribbon at rest|
This thing is HUGE. It is literally the biggest ribbon I have ever seen, and it's MINE. :-D
It was a really fun night for a lot of reasons (guess who also won TWO LESSONS in the raffle?! I never win stuff!!). It was really awesome to have my horsie besties and the trainers who have made a huge impact in my life be there for it.
|YARDS OF SATIN|
Honestly? The sheer glory of my enormous champion ribbon (of ground poles) is making me seriously consider a run at crossrails next year. I'd have to be really good at budgets for that to work though. Don't hold your breath.
Because I am a proper grown up, I scooted out to the barn on Sunday, ribbon in tow, to show my barn buddies and take some pictures.
I'm shameless. What can I say?
|i love this|
I know it's only ground poles and intro b. But you know what? I'm a working adult ammy with one horse. I am coming back from an XC wreck that completely ruined my confidence. I'm riding an older horse off the track that I made myself.
This was my Olympics. My thing. My competition and goals for the year.
AND MY RIBBON IS SO HUGE.
I am a total satin ho. Love it. Can't get enough.
|the biggest ribbon|
You doubt? Not to worry. It may have been fricking cold and gusting 30mph+ on Sunday, but I hustled Courage into the indoor and took SO MANY PICTURES.
|What goes with a sparkle saddle? EVERYTHING|
|Why yes you do need perfect wraps to take ribbon pictures|
|ribbon clear down to his knees|
|ok this might be excessive, but his neck looks good|
|we are equally thrilled|
A reason that all those hard days, crappy rides, long hours, personal struggles, and tedious times are worth working through.
I don't ride for the ribbons, because so much of horsemanship is developing character through rotten luck, crappy circumstances, and things going wrong. If I set my self worth on satin earned, I would have had to quit a long time ago.
But when I do get a satin forget-me-not, it makes the journey that much sweeter.