Too lazy to participate in the A-Z April blog, so I’m doing a block catch-up; in verse. Lucky you
B is for Babble who kept kids alive.
D is for Danny (whose past was shady) and whose photo from the 60s is long lost sadly
E is for Eventer, brave, bold and daring
F is for Fred – fifteen horses that I know that name sharing.
Yes, I’ve used this photo before, and recently, but here it’s to illustrate a point. After many years riding hunters and jumpers (horse trials and events are different), I’ve come to appreciate the quantity – and quality – of loot awarded at Saddlebred shows. For example, the biggest and fanciest hunter show I ever competed in was a AAA show in Kentucky. There were 75 in the class and after the ride of a lifetime (thank you Cameo)
we ended up 6th. The award, which I will treasure always, was a 4-inch green bit of acetate. Not complaining about the ribbon, but for a show with major entry fees and all sorts of other fees, they might have given a bit more thought to matching the “style” of the show. An acquaintance earned a well-deserved award from Madison Square Garden years ago (again, tiny in comparison to the standards of the show).
One up for the Saddlebreds! When you get an award at a Saddlebred show, you KNOW you’ve got an award!