Had the best day at the Tulsa State Fair watching my young niece show her pony Lightening Bug in Western Halter and English classes. She did such a wonderful job in showmanship.
I'll have to say, I was most proud when little Lightening got spooked in the ring in the last English Class and bucked slightly, dumping her off in the ring. It could happen to anyone on a given day, (I've been bucked off my share of horses) but the way that sweet little 10 year old girl held her composure in the middle of the ring after the incident was amazing. She popped right up and held her reins, regaining full control of the situation.
There were a few tears that leaked from her eyes and smudged her show make-up as we hugged her up after, but in true Cowgirl form she put a smile on her beautiful little face.
She will be back in the saddle, with her chaps on, to ride Lightening Bug in tomorrow's Western Classes.
Get back on the bike, get back in the saddle...always dust yourself off and get up!