While Madison was home for spring break, we set out to organize her many, many boxes of horse show ribbons. She had a great idea to display them in a vase, so we went to TJ Maxx. They had SO many choices of glass vases in all shapes and sizes! Very affordable too! All I knew was I HAD to have a lid to keep the dust out. There is no way I was ever going to take those ribbons out and dust them, so a lid was necessary!
It was a little tough to settle on one, but this is it...
We gathered all of her show ribbons from the early years...
and we got to work....
well, Madison got to work, I mostly watched :o)
What a great afternoon this was! We found show ribbons dating back to 2001! Her very first horse show ever was at the Funny Farm. She was in the Walk class on Sweet Sue and won ALL blue ribbons! and that is how she acquired the horse showing bug! The bank account was always empty after that...thanks to horse showing
|Sweet Sue & Madison back in 2001 - toooo cute!|
We also found ribbons from her very first out of town show! Again, on Sweet Sue at the Greater Orlando Hunter Jumper Association show. Great memories!
(that show is when I realized how much horse shows can break the bank! WOW! That bill was a shocker!)
We found ribbons from her first show with her very own horse - Shameless!
|First show with Shameless in Jacksonville - Big Winners!|
Her first 4-H show ribbons, and so many more great memories!
|First 4-H Show with Shameless - lots of Blue!|
We done good! I am so happy with how the ribbon display turned out!
...and we still have ribbons leftover! Time to get another vase!
Madison picked up another vase to hold ribbons from 2 very special horses - Carlos and Jordy. Carlos was a 4 year old German Warmblood given to Madison after a tragic trailer accident took the life of her beloved jumper. EWSZ, Inc. donated Carlos to help Madison move past the tragedy. Madison loved working with Carlos - they learned a lot from each other, and being the sweetest horse ever, he really did help her through such a horrific time in her life. If you are in the market for a beautiful, talented horse with a great mind (who isn't?), definitely check out the website!
Jordy was a lease horse from Tri-Color Stables. Jordy is a great jumper! Madison had so much fun with Jordy. She learned so much from him and was very successful showing him. Working with Angie was wonderful as well. It was our first time ever leasing a horse, and we were fortunate to have such a great experience thanks to Angie! You can see A jumping video of Madison and Jordy here.