ON A PERSONAL NOTE....WE CAN DO BETTER!!!!!
I thought a long time about doing this part of the iJump newsletter blast or not... do I or don't !?? Who will be mad at me now?? Who doesn't give a rat's butt about what I think? What is happening to us.....
HOW CAN WE POSSIBLE EXPECT OUR KIDS OR THE NEXT GENERATION OF TRAINERS TO DO IT BETTER??
We can't unless it starts with us in the barns....
I THINK IT'S CALLED RESPECT!
I had to go back to Blenheim on Easter Sunday to pick up some equipment from a barn heading to Canada. I drove through the barns and this is a SMALL SMALL sampling of what I found! The hole in the ground I found "literally by accident" just before I ended up face first on the road (where the hole was). Someone (I know who!!) dug several of these holes in front of their set up - out in the road- for big plants for their set up, and when they left they took the plants and left these holes for someone like me to come around a truck and find it with my foot!!!
I WAS SAD!! THE PICTURES OF THE RIBBONS THROWN ON THE GROUND, SOME WERE FROM A CLASS I SPONSORED....MOST FROM OTHER SPONSORED CLASSES INCLUDING THE DERBY AND THE CLASSICS AND INCLUDED THE BIG SASHES! SHAME ON NOT ONLY THIS PARTICULAR BARN BUT THE OTHER 6 TACK ROOMS WITH THE SAME THING!!!
Do we win too much that it doesn't matter and these ribbons become trash??? PROBABLY SO if these ribbons matter so little and are treated with such disrespect!! Blenheim has a recycle program if you don't want your ribbons... how about taking advantage of it!!
ANOTHER SUGGESTION..bring them to the iJump trailer and I'll take them to the Joswick Therapeutic Riding center, there are people/kids with bigger problems than ours that will LOVE AND CRY for these ribbons that we just throw on the ground!!!!
BUT TO BE CLEAR, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF JUST ABOUT ANY SHOWGROUNDS ANYWHERE IN THE USA!!!
There's an old cowboy saying ...
"Never leave a place like you found it....either leave it BETTER OR DON'T GO!!!
OK, off my soap box now.....