Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's Not Just About The Ribbons

But sometimes the ribbons are nice.

The title of this post is actually the title of one of Jane Savoie's books. And it's true, we don't ride for the ribbons. I ride for a multitude of reasons and at the end of the day, it comes down to the love of the horse and the sport.

The ribbons can be affirmation that we are on the right path. Or recognition from our peers for a job well done.

John had a great season on the competitive trail circuit in 2011. He completed 155 miles, his lowest score was a 94.5 out of 100. I was really proud of everything we had accomplished, while still realizing that we have lots of room to grow and areas that need improvement.

His scores and accomplishments garnered him some outside recognition too. He is Grand Champion in Limited Distance for the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association for 2011. He also received a gold medallion in Limited Distance. I am so incredibly proud of him, and appreciate the recognition from our trail organization.

And he won a really big ribbon :)

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