Fact: You don’t show for the ribbons, you show for the experience.
Also Fact: A crappy ride can earn the same ribbon that a good ride doesn’t earn.
More Facts: I haven’t won a ribbon in a really, really, really long time… and I really miss them.
For years, my ribbons stayed in a box with my mom because she was toying with the idea of sewing them into a quilt for me. I couldn’t really get behind that idea, because I have some strange ribbon colors from one show series in particular and I don’t want a beautiful ribbon quilt to be covered with rainbow stripes. At my pleading, she mailed them to me this week.
Ribbons! I gleefully went through them and took a trip down memory lane. I don’t remember every ribbon, but I do remember every show… especially when I started to count them and create pie charts like Viva Carlos did because I think it is the best idea ever.
Since I have only shown 3 horses in my life, and 2 out of the 3 were just one off times… I divided my ribbons into ones won by Elvis, ones won through IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) and “Other” which includes hunter pace ribbons, a loaner horse and the 1 ribbon from my 4H County Horse Show disaster.
I wasn’t at all surprised to see just how many ribbons Elvis won me, because he’s the only horse I’ve ever consistently shown. What was surprising is that I won more IHSA ribbons than others… I always thought I kinda sucked at IHSA, but I really didn’t so much.
Of all our ribbons, most of them were won at a show series called Johnston County Horse Show Series. It was an open show held every month with year-end points, and one year we went to most shows in order to point chase. Also, at each JCHSS show I would do a halter division, jumping division, and under saddle divisions – so it was a lot more classes than your normal hunter/jumper show. The other shows listed here I think I only went to once or twice, excluding Triangle Hunt because those were the hunter paces sponsored by our fox hunting club.
All in all, I have won 85 ribbons so far in my horse show career. Certainly not as many as some, but I’m pretty proud! This is enough to send them off for a quilt, but since there are a handful of ribbons I don’t want to cut up (first champion, some IHSA ribbons, etc) and the printed ‘winning’ stripe on most of my ribbons is a rainbow color… I don’t think I will be quilting with these.
I think my plan is to make a pillow with some of the older ones. On many ribbons, the rosette has become discolored under the plastic (especially the cheaper ones). A pillow also won’t take as many as a quilt.
Since I don’t want rainbow stripes in my pillow, I thought about making those into a ribbon belt. What could be better luck at a horse show than a belt made of ribbons you’ve already won?
For the special ones, I’m going to roll them up and place them in a large glass jar. That way I can see the pretty rosettes that are meaningful to me without them being cut up or stored away in a dusty box.
Maybe one day if I’m lucky, I’ll have some ribbons of Simon’s to throw into the jar. I sure do hope so… I loooooooooove ribbons!
Do you guys have any good ideas with what I can do with all of these, or clever ways you display your own ribbons?