How long has it been since you considered the simple pleasure of riding horseback? Too long?
Sometimes we can become so wrapped up in our jobs, in raising a family, in pursing plans to save the world or write the next best novel, that we lose the treasured simplicity of life. Has the quest for a blue ribbon at the next horse show, or achieving the fastest time overridden the simplest joy of riding, or masked the thrill of just sitting on a horse’s back? When was the last time you thought about the simplicity of the connection with a good horse?
I’ve been thinking about writing this blog for a month now. What triggered this idea was seeing the cover of the current issue of the Sonoma County Horse Journal, (Winter 2011, Volumne 7, Issue 1. These issues are distributed free around Sonoma County.) On the cover is a fuzzy black pony named Midnight. This delightful photo by Dirk Bietau shows Midnight and his joyful rider who wears a huge smile. Midnight’s ears are up. His shiny haircoat and bright eyes alert us to his interest and willing attitude. (I am not listing the girl’s name here, due to internet safety, but her smile and confidence radiate her love of riding Midnight.)
Midnight, owned by Linda Aldrich as part of her Pony Express team for young riders, is not a fancy show pony. He has a far more important job than collecting ribbons and points on the show circuit. What is his all important job? This fuzzy black pony with the disconnected white blaze down his face introduces the thrill of riding to many young riders. That is his all important job—to teach young riders the love of riding and caring for a pony. Simple isn’t it? But the thrill doesn’t belong only to his riders. Midnight also eats up the attention of the youthful riders with a joy of his own. He loves his fans.
Midnight is being honored as the Horse of the Year for the Sonoma County Horse Council at their 2011 Equus Hall of Fame Awards on March 12th. Along with Midnight, The Horse Council is honoring eight people who have made significant contributions to horses and their well being in Sonoma County.
The 2011 Equus Hall of Fame Winners include:
Ann Gillis, DVM
and the pony Midnight
Please turn out to honor these winners. I’m sure they can all think back to the simplest joy they’ve experienced with a horse or pony. Midnight will represent the heart of all young riders past and present.
Here’s the SCHC link: Click here: Don’t miss the Equus Awards Event or SCHC Website
Thank you, Sharon Fay for your help in collecting the biography information for the Horse Journal. The Sonoma County Horse Journal is published by the Sonoma County Horse Council. Find free copies of the Horse Journal at tack shops, feed stores, libraries and other friendly merchants around Sonoma County. Please thank the advertisers in the Horse Journal for their support too.