Our Mother's Day Celebration Horse Show is one of our favorites...especially mine. :) My fondest memories are that of being the Horse Show Mom: the groom, keeper of the grooming box, baby powder and rubbing alcohol for a seemingly endless supply of grey ponies, and the handy towel to wipe boots, ponies noses, and occasionally little girls' tears. (Three of my four daughters showed. The fourth had the good sense to compete in water sports like swimming and rowing). It is both joyful and particularly painful to be a Horse Show Mom. You are your child's greatest fan, and you feel her heartbreak and challenges right in the core of your heart. Heaven forbid you fall into the forbidden waters of "assistant coaching" from the rail and consequently suffer the hard glare of both child and trainer. Instead, to show your support... you tote the grooming box, the spurs, martingale, and offer drinks of water and a lots of hugs and encouraging words.
Our Mother's Day Celebration Show gives us a chance to do something special for the Moms (and the Dads) that tote the grooming boxes, puzzle over a class schedule, wake up at the crack of dawn and spend the day only to hurry up and wait, and after a long weekend of roller coaster emotional highs and lows...you trudge into the show office to write the big checks. Horse Show Parents are awesome...just like the sport. And we never say thank you enough. So, Mom, or Dad, pat yourself on the back. You Rock!
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Morgan Taylor is the founder, owner and producer of Horse Show Ventures Hunter/Jumper horse shows in the greater Atlanta area. Three of her four daughters competed and showed growing up. For many years she and her daughters owned and operated a boarding and training facility in Milton, Georgia.