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Best Show Moment Contest

Many thanks to everyone who entered our "Best Show Moments” contest in March 2013. The winner receives a one-month supply of Recovery EQ, plus an English or western show pad. The runners-up each receive a one-month supply of Recovery EQ.


FIRST-PLACE WINNER
My greatest show moment is shared with my college riding team. I am a 20-year-old full-time student who, along with a couple of close friends, worked tirelessly to establish an equestrian team at Hiram College. Hiram is a small, private college that did not make it terribly easy to get a team off the ground. After two years of struggling, we were half ecstatic and half terrified to become a part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. For most of us, it was our first show. We were shaking in our tall boots as we fiddled with the strings and numbers we were given for the back of our hunt coats. It was overwhelming to hold our breath, watching our riders walk in with nerves and trot out with ribbons. At the end of the day, we stood in front of our stretch of bleachers. On the wall behind them, strewn with open cans of black polish and helmet bags, we all stared at our rows of ribbons. Red and white and blue, pink and green and yellow. We never expected our work to pay off the way it did. I will never forget that moment, the horses that got us there, and the people I shared it with.
— Sarah T., Ohio


RUNNERS-UP
The best show moment for me is actually my daughter’s. Lindsey is autistic and rides English. Her first show was at our local fairgrounds for 4-H. She was nervous—very nervous. I kept encouraging her, telling her the ribbons are nice but I just wanted her to have fun and do her best. She rode in two classes: trail and equitation. She was confident and looked beautiful, with a very serious face. At ribbon time, who did they call for two blue ribbons? My little Lindsey. Her no-emotion face turned into an ear-to-ear smile that could melt your heart. I was so proud, and she was over-the-top excited. Lindsey had only been riding for seven months when she received these ribbons. They meant more than just first place. They showed Lindsey that she could do anything that non-disabled kids could do. It showed her that her autism could not hold her back, and she could do anything she put her mind to. I will never forget Lindsey’s first "show smile.”
— Amy K., Pennsylvania


My sister and I butt heads a lot, but it’s horses that always seem to bring us together. Back in July 2012, we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to a big open pleasure show together. She was leaving to go across the country for college soon, so it was our last chance to get to show together for a long time. I was rather nervous because I hadn’t shown in a long time, but my sister was there to support me. I truly could not have done it without her. When I was nervous about my showmanship pattern class, she was there telling me it would all be OK. And just when I was about to drop the class and break down crying, she pushed me just the amount I needed. While I may not have placed in the class, I still faced my fears and completed the course, thanks to her. My sister and I had a ton of fun at the show, and best of all, we each won high-point champion for our divisions! There is nothing like the love and support of a sister in life, but it came through even more for us at this horse show. We had the time of our lives and a sisterly horse show memory we will never forget. It will be with me forever, and it reminds me just how lucky I am to have a sister to spend time with.
— Stacey B., Florida

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