My first day of high school I became friends with a girl who was taking horseback riding lessons. My mom agreed to let me take lessons with her which I was so excited about because I had always loved horses! I took lessons for a couple of months when one day my mom surprised me with my very own horse. Her name was Gracie, I instantly fell in love and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to join my trainer’s 4-H group and show Gracie at the county fair.
Gracie wasn’t like the horses I had been taking lessons on. Instead of being a bomb proof, beginner horse she was stubborn. I started to get discouraged because she just wouldn’t listen to me. I’d steer her one way and she would walk the other way. It was time for my very first show, the butler county fair. It was awful, I placed 8th and 10th out of 10 riders. At this point I was ready to give up, but then I realized something, these girls I was showing against had been doing this for years. It wasn’t easy, showing/training horses it is a lot of work. I had only been riding for 9 months. I told myself that I could do it. I would place first and get a blue ribbon. I went to the barn and rode every single day. I was determined to train Gracie myself. I wanted bragging rights in the show ring. Over the next few years I grew better and better, and then finally it happened I beat all of the girls who had been teasing me and showing me up in the ring. I was finally one of them, the unbeatable. And I had done it all by myself (with some help from my awesome show mom). Gracie is my best friend. I know it sounds silly but she’s there all of the time for me. In the show ring and at home. She knows that she has a job to do and since I have gained her trust and respect she will go above and beyond to please me. This is what I love about my hobby. I will always have that one person, well a horse in this situation whom I can always go to when I am down. Gracie has carried me (literally and figuratively) through the last 11 years and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. We are both equally sassy and compassionate.