Horse Show Mom

(Ron Wilson) One of the great things about multi-generational farms or 4-H clubs is that it’s a family affair. It’s a time when parents help kids work on their projects and learn. In horse shows for example, we know that for every kid in the ring, there’s an anxious Mom, or Dad, or Grandma, or Granddad helping outside the ring. This is a tribute to those horse show moms. Here’s to the horse show mom. That loving mother who has a daughter who thinks horse shows are the thing that she should do. So her daughter starts her 4-H project with a single older horse, and embarks on a path, which takes her on a wondrous course. Here’s to the horse show mom who gently nags and reminds that the show is in a few weeks, and her daughter shouldn’t get behind. Here’s to the horse show mom who rolls out through the cactus, and drives the family van to yet another practice. Here’s to the horse show mom who gathers tack and supplies, and hopes that her daughter can win an elusive prize. Here’s to the horse show mom studying the rules of the show, and hitching up the trailer getting everyone ready to go. Here’s to the horse show mom who digs down in her purse, to find a missing hair tie, or a safety pin, or worse. Here’s to the horse show mom who sits up in the bleachers, commenting on the judge or the other horse’s features. Here’s to the horse show mom hauling feed or carrying water, while arena dust blows or, as temperatures get hotter. Here’s to horse show mom who will save to pay the debenture for the feed bill, and the gas for her daughter’s equine adventure. Here’s to the horse show mom who checks the pattern out, and brings the snacks to share with the other moms about. Here’s to the horse show mom who has horses as her passion, who’s always shopping for the latest in horse and rider fashion. Here’s to the horse show mom who calms the pre-show fears, and gives a comforting hug or wipes away some tears. Here’s to the horse show mom who thanks the Lord above that her daughter has this interest, and a horse to work and love. Whether winning or losing, this mother handles it with aplomb, so let’s all give thanks for the horse show mom. And when the horse show is over after a long, tiring weekend, the horse show mom knows next week, she’ll do it all again. Happy Trails.

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