My good friend Kelly Saunders wrote the following words. They mean more to me than you could possibly imagine. I will treasure them forever because I have spent most of my life trying to create just this kind of horse:
To all my fellow versatility riders:
When I was in Sacramento for Project Cowgirl I noticed that most of the horses were not truly all around horses. We had gals from Texas, Arizona, Montana, etc. and the majority of their horses were quiet and nice, but not finished. Some of the horses were very good at reining or trail or working a cow, but to have a horse that could compete in all those events was rare. Even the horse the winner rode had issues. I had asked her a day or two earlier if she showed her horse because he was very nice. She said he had won the Snaffle Bit Futurity a few years earlier, but she (Jenny) did not show him because he was “blown for the show pen.”
I just want to remind myself and all my friends how nice our horses are. It takes years to train for all the events we ride: trail, ranch riding, cow work, reining, and yes even roping. I do not know of any of our horses that is “blown.” Sarah is doing a great job for us and for our horses by helping us train our horses to be true versatility horses. So when our horses do not perform perfectly we need to remember how much they do right. I have heard Sarah say this lots of times, but it only recently made sense to me and I wanted to share my revelation.
Go Versatility Horses!