Last week was our county fair, and it also marked the last year of my daughter’s 4-H career.
Due to major interstate road construction all around the fairgrounds this year, total n
umbers of animals and people were down, but not the kids’ excitement at the big 4-H horse show!
The covered horse arena is next to a four-lane highway with lots of people standing around the fence. Both can be a major distraction for 4-H’ers and horses. But my daughter, Ally, and her horse, Dina, showed them what hours and hours of working as a team can do.
I had to leave on a business trip during that show but when I returned, her stall door was decorated in so many blue and red ribbons that it barely fit. How can that not bring a tear to this dad’s eye, to see my daughter proud of her accomplishments as she shows them to me?
Even after the main horse show, Ally and Dina still had one more class to enter. I had noticed a more-than-normal amount of feathers and blue cloth around the kitchen table ahead of the show, but I did not think too much about it (those types of things are normal for us).
On Thursday morning last week, I told Ally and her mom that I would take care of the animals at home myself so they could get ready for the costume class. It is usually one of the crowd’s favorite shows.
I arrived at the arena just as Ally and Dina were making their way from the ba
rn. Ally had taken all the peacock feathers and made a beautiful headdress and blanket for Dina. Ally wore a matching decorated blue dress and had decorated her riding helmet (required safety for all 4-H horse activities).
When she climbed on Dina, it was a match made in heaven. Ally started the show and 10 other kids did a wonderful job with their horses too. Even the last one, which was a horse with just a pink blanket, was awesome for it was to honor their grandmother who just died of cancer.
I knew the judges would have a very hard time making a decision. But when Ally’s name was called as the winner, I think I could have run up beside her and would have blended right in for I was as proud as a peacock of my youngest daughter!
Posted on 8/29/2013 by Dr. Ed Bonnette | Category: Equine
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