My daughter Gabby loves horses. I suppose every girl has a period where they love horses (I know I did), but she has made her dream a reality. Last year we searched for a barn to take riding lessons. We discovered Sara at Myrewyn Equestrian. Sara’s specialty is teaching young girls English riding. It has been a whole new world to me!
Sara has been amazing for Gabby. I’ve seen her become confident in handling new horses, meeting new people and facing competition during horse shows with grace and poise. I’ve learned that there is a style to this sport, one that I don’t quite understand, but has captured my daughter’s heart.
This month she participated in 5 beginner classes during a local show. She came home with 5 ribbons ranging from 2nd to 6th place. It was disheartening to see her come in last place virtually every time, but she kept such a sweet spirit. She told us, “I just want to have fun.”
That’s what I want too. I want my girl to grow up doing something she loves. I don’t want it to consume her. To define her. To cause her to lose confidence in her self.
As I watched my baby girl ride, I allowed myself to feel a little bit of pride. She’s following her dreams … not mine. That makes me feel good.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon