I try to live my life by these lessons and teach my daughter and riding students the same thing. These are all important things that when practiced will carry you far in life.
You learn Responsibility- Caring for something other than yourself. Horses require a 365 day a year commitment. Horses must be fed and watered, stalls cleaned, horses groomed, jumps to paint. There is always work to be done around the farm.
You learn about Friendship- you will make friends at the barn that will last a lifetime.
|Brook Acres Farm Equestrian Team|
|First Horse Summer Camp at Jumping H Farm|
|Jumping H Farm and Celebrity Farms showing|
|Showing at TTC Best Friends were made from these days|
|Back Many Moons Ago|
|The Day We Brought Ruby Home.|
You learn to See Past the Surface. - That with TLC and Time anything is possible.
|Ruby 18 months after we brought her home winning ribbons at local horse show|
You learn about the Value of a Dollar- There is nothing quite as sweet as saving your own money to buy a new saddle.
|Genna's purchase of her first Saddle with her own Money.|
You learn about Humility- It's not always about winning the ribbon- sometimes it's about just staying on your horse
|Genna learning to jump Reba Bareback.|
You learn to Take Pride in a job well done. - This was a mother's proud moment.
|Genna's First Blue Ribbon Walk Trot Canter|
You learn to Explore Your Boundaries- Some of your greatest adventures will be achieved while looking through the ears of your horse.
|Genna riding Tonka leading a trail ride.|
|Tonka finally jumping with Genna riding Bareback.|
You learn about Fashion-Pretty is not always practical, Comfortable or cool.
You learn about Disappointments - Sometimes you have to choose whats right for the horse even when you have worked hard to get to the show.
|Tonka ended up tweaking his pastern while warming up for their first dressage test. Knocking them out of showing for the day.|
You learn about Great Friends- Someone providing a Plan B so you can show when your horse gets injured.
|Genna showing Roman's Celebrity (Owned by Mike and Ginny Taber) instead of Tonka for her first Dressage Test.|
You learn about Sportsmanship- Some of your greatest friends will be the people you compete against every weekend.