“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Oct 4, 2012

ANOTHER Reserve World Champion!!!


Just came out of the Open Country Pleasure 32" & Under and Design went Reserve again!!! This is so surreal!!!! What a week!!! This wasn't an Amateur class, either...all the famous trainers were in there!! SO amazing, and SO God!!

My mom started crying when it happened again. I just don't even know what to say!

To top it all off, we had a new foal born at our place back in Arizona this morning!!! The dream team, David & David, were there to safely bring this special baby in to the world. He's about a month early, but so cute. Hoping this one becomes one cool driving horse. We are so grateful that the Lord gave us this little one!!! THANK YOU everyone at home!!

David & David helping baby!!!

Oct 2, 2012

Reserve WORLD CHAMPION!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Mom just came out of her first class here at Worlds, and she won RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION out of 28 horses!!!!!!!

Incredibly tough class and they did SO WELL. We are absolutely ecstatic, praising God, and on cloud nine. It seems unreal!!! Design was beautiful and I can’t wait till the next class on Thursday!!!!

It is sooo funny to me...here we are the hillbillies of the show - we do our own training, pull up in a beat up Ford pickup truck with 5 crazy girls and a dog, have our barn decorated with curtains from Wal-Mart, and are sleeping IN THE BARNS - and we get Reserve!!!

When they announced it, I was floored. For a second, I just stood there, and then almost hit the ground. We all started screaming and going crazy and Mom and I started crying. As we went up to the winners circle, Jessie jumped over the rail and came  running out to us. She and I tried to high five each other, but were too worked up, totally  missed, and ended up just locking arms :)

Mom went around with a beautiful victory lap, and we floated out of the arena LOL

I'll try to keep everyone updated, but this is AMAZING!!! Such a blessing, and Design has been such a jerk all day that this was solely GOD who could pull all this together. We were praying before Mom went in, and she said, "You know...if Design does well, it's all God because he's so crazy there's no way I can physically control him."

SOOOO excited for the rest of the show!!!

Oh, and a big huge THANK YOU to everyone at home who is making this possible for us! My dad, Dave, Matt, Mrs R, David, Noah, Linda....you guys are AWESOME!! Such a blessing and we are so grateful for all of you!!!!

Lots of love to everyone from here in Ft Worth!!!!!!!!!!!


Oct 1, 2012

Lone Star State

At 2:45 AM on Sunday morning, my mom, sisters, a friend and I loaded up in our crew cab truck with the 90 pound yellow Lab, 3 horses, and a truck and trailer FULL (read: packed entirely to the roof bursting with stuff can't fit another thing), and headed out for Ft Worth, TX to spend a week at the World Miniature Horse Show. 

21 hours and many adventures later, we pulled in to the Will Rogers Memorial Center at 2:00 AM Texas time. Since renting a hotel room for 5 girls for a week was out of the budget, we came up with the genius idea of camping out in a stall in the barns for the whole week we're here. What we didn't realize is that they leave the barn lights on all night long. Which means you're laying there on your cot staring up at a glaring fluorescent light beaming relentlessly down on you.

Thankfully, we had some spare stall curtains, so I ingeniously proceeded to use duct tape to attach curtains over the stall to create a roof...or a block from the torturous light.

Finally around 5 AM, we all laid down to get some sleep. By 8 AM, people were all in the barns, loudspeakers were going, and sleep was out of the question.

Running on 5 hours of sleep over the past 50 or so hours, we climbed out of bed with bloodshot eyes and swollen faces, and headed out to start our day.

It's been so much fun. Honestly! Today has been like one big family reunion between trainers, fellow competitors, and other horse crazy people. People we've been in touch with over the internet, but are now meeting, talking to, putting names with faces, etc. Everyone is supportive of each other, having fun, and it's a horse lovers paradise here. Gorgeous horses everywhere, everyone living, breathing, sleeping, talking HORSES!!!!

And I have my camera!!! Planning on coming home with lots of pictures :)

Our first class is tomorrow night for my mom and her little boy, so we are all geared up to go.

I've been typing this up out in the big arena where I can get some internet while watching Mom work Design and Jess play with the camera. Since it's almost 10 PM here, I'm off to sleep a little before starting another crazy fun day!!!

Talk to everybody soon!!

In Him,