When she accepts you for being yourself. She watched you grow through young motherhood to grandparent. She always made you feel like you belonged, right from the start. With kind words, she kept you in her daily prayers. Through troubles and heartache, she offered her kind words. She never gave you reason to be nervous that she would not like you.
Means she holds you dear to her open heart. She hugs you when she first see’s you and when you have to be apart. She always says she loves you.
She looks forward to your visit anytime, with family, or by yourself. She is eager for a phone call, a letter, and a sweet card. She lovingly prepares meals, and desserts and treats that she remembers what you might like. She trusts you to always love and take care of the man she raised. She is graciously your mother (in-law).
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All of these articles have been so much fun to write, because we had a tremendous time meeting the people and seeing all the horse. This event happened due the the wonderful people involved with the Volunteer State Pinto Association. Please check out their website. They create opportunities for families, individuals and their horses to compete and share great times with some financial rewards!
The final part is all about the running the barrels. They started out with the youngest participants going first, and worked their way up through the under 12 age group, and then the under 18, and finally the adults. We unfortunately were not able to stay beyond a few of the under 18 riders, but as you will see below everyone was having a great time. Some of the younger riders required a little cooperation from a parent guiding their horse along the way, but it won’t be long and they will be on their own.
A young girl volunteered to start the event during the Pledge of Allegiance
As the participant’s age grew, so did the speed of their horses!
Some of the teams made the turns very exciting.
The coordination between rider and horse was fascinating to watch
We hope you enjoyed this four part series on this fun event. Check out the Volunteer State Pinto Association or look for a similar group in your area. Make a plan to participate or attend the next event near you. There were many participants, and while we wanted to include a photo from everyone involved, it just wasn’t possible.
Have you participated in an event like this one, or were you at this event? Share with us your experiences.
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