Thursday, July 22, 2010

Another Purple Ribbon

Yesterday was the 4-H Horse State Fair.  Our day started a 4am.  Horses, wagons, kids, lunches and waters were all loaded into trailers, vans, semis, trucks and the Expedition and we headed off to Huron.  The show started at 8am for some of the kids.  Makenna spent the time brushing Peanut and getting him harnessed and ready to go.

The other kids spent the time playing in the dirt and the semi trailer.  Their favorite thing was racing their cars down the ramps coming out of the back of the trailer.

Makenna's show was around 10am.  She was in the arena with 2 other kids.  She got a PURPLE ribbon!!  One of the other kids (a friend of ours) also got a purple ribbon.  That put them both in the running for Grand Champion in the Junior Driving.  After all the Junior driving was done, all the kids with purple ribbons came back to the middle of the arena.  There were 6 kids that made it to that point.  To win the title of Grand Champion for Junior Division you are competing in an age range of 8 to 14 and you are competing against draft horses, pleasure horses, and all sizes of ponies.  The minis have never won that title.  They just don't compare to those big horses.  One of the pleasure horses got Champion and one of the drafts got Reserve Champion.  It didn't matter though, nothing could damper Makenna's smile.  She had a PURPLE ribbon and that's what she came to get!  She did an amazing job driving and that's all that she needed to do. 

Look at that smile!

After that we ate lunch, played some more and rode Peanut around.  The other kids from theranch did good as well.  We had one boy that was Grand Champion in showmanship with his draft and Reserve Champion in Senior Team Driving.  We also had a Reserve Champion in Junior Team Driving and a few other purple and blue ribbons.  Around 2pm, we loaded up all the horses, wagons, kids, lunches and water and headed home.  It was a great day!  I am so glad I got to go and be a part of it.  I am so glad Makenna got this experience.  It has helped her so much and has been a huge esteem builder.  In two weeks we will have Acheivement Days for 4-H and she will get to drive again.  Maddi has also decided to join the ranks and she wants to show.  Our horse, Sadler, won't be ready for her to drive but she will do Showmanship with him.  I am so glad to see her out there working with the horses too.  That has been a huge change this summer.  She has gone from being terrified of horses (not even willing to get on the cart with Peanut) to driving Peanut and working with the horses.  Next year we will have both girls out there driving their ponies. 


Joyce said...

I love it.....Good for Makenna. Best smile ever....

Melissa said...

That is so awesome, good for her!!

Spencer and Kimberly said...

Yay Makenna!! What a great smile and a great job!!