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#5708462 - 04/20/15 09:56 AM Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Loc: Denton/Argyle
Thought I'd share this with the THF family...

Got to be part of seeing a really cool life lesson unfold this weekend at horse show near our place in Argyle. A 12-yr old girl who takes regular riding lessons at our facility, and volunteers with our disabled lessons on the weekend, decided to enter the Hidden Lakes Hunter Jumper Show to get experience on doing "ground work" for judges. The pony she's training to show jump isn't ready for the ring yet, so our trainer told her she could pick one of our therapy animals to take... and she choose Neena. As you can see in the pic's she isn't your typical show horse, but since she was entering equitation classes, it didn't really matter a lot. These classes are judged primarily on the riders abilities to execute the required disciplines. Expectations were pretty low as this was just a training exercise for her, and there was plenty of competition (about 7-8 horses in each division). As you can see from the pic's, she and Neena kicked butt and out of 8 events they won six 1st's, a 2nd and one 3rd. (The third place actually came in a jumping class over cross rails). And where awarded the Championship in both divisions they entered!

There were a lot of shocked parents watching their kids ride $15K show horses and mumbling about the judges being crazy. In the end a lot of people learned a good lesson around the payoff for hard work, effort and attitude, all of which this girl exhibits in spades.

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#5708477 - 04/20/15 10:05 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Nice...love that story!
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#5708479 - 04/20/15 10:06 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Wow that is a heck of a good story, she must be one fantastic rider cheers
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#5708490 - 04/20/15 10:13 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Simply outstanding! A great story and congrats to the young lady and of course Neena.

cheers
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#5708534 - 04/20/15 10:34 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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That's awesome!

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#5708553 - 04/20/15 10:51 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: DuckCoach1985]
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Originally Posted By: DuckCoach1985
That's awesome!


X2 Lots of high dollar hurt feelings after that! Attitude and effort will take you a long way in this world! up
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#5708558 - 04/20/15 10:52 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Great story. Nice to hear stuff like this.
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#5708566 - 04/20/15 10:56 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Simply outstanding! A great story and congrats to the young lady and of course Neena.

cheers


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#5708568 - 04/20/15 10:57 AM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Heck yes! I love this story. This is the kind of thing that should be shared on the new. Hard work and perseverance paid off. Oh, and something about not judging a book by it's cover too!

Congrats to the young lady and the Mule. up
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#5708708 - 04/20/15 12:46 PM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Good Stuff up
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#5708719 - 04/20/15 12:52 PM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: SniperRAB]
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Way to go Dave! Bet Shar is proud.
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#5708727 - 04/20/15 12:59 PM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Lotsa upset yuppies, I bet.
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#5708735 - 04/20/15 01:05 PM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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awesome

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#5708737 - 04/20/15 01:09 PM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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I don't know diddly about horses so it looks like a good horse to me. Great story up

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#5708792 - 04/20/15 02:09 PM Re: Beat'em With A Borrowed Mule [Re: dkershen]
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Pretty cool story. Thanks for sharing.
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