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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

Just a Horse


From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse" or"that's a lot of money to spend for just a horse". They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse". Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse".


Many hours have passed and my only companion was "just a horse", but never once did I feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse", and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's "just a horse", then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise" and "just a promise".


"Just a horse" beings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.


"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse", but the very thing that gives me humanity and keep me from being "just a woman."


So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse", just smile....because they "just" don't understand.



(author unknown, but thank you)


PS - Above pic is of my mare Sparky, escaping the heat and bugs in the "parlor" of the barn on a hot summer day.

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  1. haha...good thing you went private b/c I already have the poem typed up from my ESDCTA newsletter waiting to be posted some day. I loved that poem too! People don't get why I saved my horses life...I did it because he is so much more then just a horse.

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