Bonus Class – My Horse My Hero
"Free" Bonus Class
A free to enter class if you have entered a minimum of 2 classes on the current months schedule. We are asking you to tell us why your horse is your hero in no more than 200 words. Your entry will be emailed to us along with a photo. This class will run monthly and the winner will receive a large luxurious rosette, there will be no placings in this class and no points awarded towards the accumulator. This does not qualify you for the supreme championship. The entries will close on the same day as the show.
You can use your story more than once for those that did not win.
We are looking for dedicators for this class, you may dedicate this class to your own hero and the rosette will have your name and horses name printed on it. Plus, you may judge the class if you wish. There is a small cost for the dedication to cover the rosette print. Please message me for further details. All stories will be posted on the website and social media. Email stories to firstname.lastname@example.org titled My Horse My Hero.
My Horse My Hero (December Entry 1)Nicola Humphreys - Thor
My Horse Thor should be My Horse My as this year has been awful for the both of us especially Thor
Thor and I came together by fate. My Dad had passed away 5 years previously, and I went to view Thor on my dad’s birthday. I met and rode Thor for a couple of hours on that day and knew straight away that it was meant to be. I had Thor on a 4-week trial period as his owner was not actively looking to sell him. After the 4-week trial, I had to have him. We had clicked instantly, and he was everything I had had with my previous horse. We were getting out and about doing loads. Then this year, after noticing some lameness, I had physio and vet visit’s the vet found out that Thor had navicular. After a stressful 6 months of vet visits, treatments and stays at the vets, he has come back better than ever. We are out hacking, and he has won several rosettes for various activities . We done our First dressage test and got a score of 81.8%.He has been through so much, and it’s going to be an ongoing process, but I am just so happy I can still go out riding and enjoying him.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 2) Daniel Sanden - Witus
This is Witus and he was my first own horse who I bought when I was 16. When I first saw him, he was badly mistreated, suffering from extreme underweight and he was completely catatonic. There was absolutely no spark of life left in his eyes, still I felt a connection with the poor horse. He was the kindest horse there ever was and he became my best friend in a very hard time of my life. He's the reason I'm still alive today!
I helped him recover and he helped me survive. Many were the nights I slept with him in the stable and almost every morning when I woke up, he was laying down next to me.
He was a difficult horse to ride (and I guess that’s why he was mistreated in the first place) and most people said he was dangerous and should be put down. But he wasn’t dangerous, he was in pain. I consulted a range of vets to find out what was wrong with him and after a while he got diagnosed with severe ”kissing spines”.
Just over a year after I bought him, I had to put him down and that’s still one of the toughest days in my life.
He is the horse who saved my life and he will forever be in my heart.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 3) Taylor Hedrick - Tweeter
After my heart horse had passed back in 2017 I never thought I could own another. Nor did I ever think I could afford to buy one and have the money to keep one. One day a friend had messaged me that she was looking for a forever home for her minis. So I was like, I will put some feelers out and see if anyone is looking for some minis. I had asked what her asking price was for each of them she had three of them. She said for Tweeter she just wanted her to go to the right person. So then the gears begin to spin. The next day, May 4, 2020 I took a trip to go look at her. It had been a few years since I showed her once in a halter class. When I got there she was just free roam in a pasture no halter or anything she was easy to catch. I took her out and lunged her. With not even second-guessing myself I said I want her. Didn’t know how I was going to keep her, didn’t know where I was going to keep her didn’t know how he’s going to pay for her board. All I knew is that I needed her. The owner had the vet come out for the exam and her shots and Coggins. Within a week I had everything set up and she was on her way to a new barn. My barn.
I suffer from major anxiety and depression. After losing my heart horse in 2017 I just didn’t want to be here anymore. I wanted to be with her. I knew Tweeter needed a lot of work but I was all for it. I have now had her for six months and it truly has been the best thing that has happened in 2020. She has come a long way in such a small amount of time. We have taken home 3 champion ribbons this show season already.
Just knowing she is there for me whenever I need her is a blessing. She listens to my pain. She just connects with me. When I am with her feels like nothing else matters. All the negative thoughts go away. She truly has been my hero in saving my life.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 4) Amber Taylor - Colonel Whispers
My horse, Colonel Whispers (aka Marquise), is my everything. He is an OTTB. He raced his heart out, and won his owners hundreds of thousands of dollars. When he could no longer race, they sent him to be slaughtered. I travelled hundreds of miles after seeing his photo, and I was determined to make him mine. He is my first horse, and he made it his mission to teach me everything. He fell ill with colic, dropped hundreds of pounds, had multiple abscesses, infections, and almost died several times. When he got to feeling better, he would buck, pull back, bolt, and he taught me that I HAD to be stronger mentally in order to be his partner (I have severe anxiety issues). I learned what I had to do, and we attended our first and only show together in June. He was diagnosed with DSLD shortly after, and I will have to euthanize him soon. He has taught me so many things that will translate through EVERY situation in my life, and for that I owe him so much more than words can explain. He is my hero, and he will always be in my heart.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 5) Helen Moppett - Molly
Molly is my absolute hero and total horse of a lifetime! 24 years ago, I was persuaded to go and look at a foal – what was I going to do with a foal??! I did of course and am so pleased I did – on 28 December 1996, I picked this up the fluffiest, dirtiest, foal I had ever seen! I wasn’t completely convinced she would make it through the winter, a particularly cold one that year. However, she did and we started on our journey.
I took her to a couple of little shows each year as a youngster, just for a bit or experience. She was always well behaved. In no time at
all, she was 4 and I backed her – with no issues. She was a complete demon by the time she turned 5 and during that winter, she had a horrible, potentially life-limiting, accident, she managed to rip the back out of her off foreleg, so deep I could see the tendon!!
I am forever grateful to my vet for getting to us so quickly, patching her up and sending us off to the Royal Veterinary College, where she underwent surgery to clean and repair the damage. She then spent a month with her leg in a plaster cast and most of that year in a stable. I re-started her at rising 6 and off we went, competing at dressage, showing, eventing, taking part in fun rides etc – we had an amazing time and many wins along the way. Fast forward to 2007,
I began to experience significant back problems, ending up with major emergency surgery in 2008. My saint of a horse, not only behaved impeccably for my (entirely non-horsey) husband whilst I was out of action, she treated me like something so fragile once I was finally back on my feet. For a horse that can be so sharp, she was the most gentle and careful I had ever known her to be. She is 24 years old now, we are still having a lot of fun together, we tried side-saddle for the first time a couple of years ago and we still have a lot of fun at pole-work clinics – we are both growing old disgracefully!
My Horse My hero (December Entry 6) Billy Jo Howe - Spirit
My name is Billy Jo Howe and this is Spirit
I have been riding spirit a flea bitten grey called spirit at urchin wood manor for a few years
Over this period, I have been through some difficult times which have struggled with
Spirit has been there for me every step of the way and he really understands my autism etc. me and spirit have loads of adventures together spirit has always been there for me. spirit always makes me smile and makes me laugh too me and are the best of friends we really enjoy doing things together spirit is a one of kind of horse I owe so much to spirit we both enjoy each other company.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 7) Genna Mawby - Cloud
Cloud was brought by my late mother in November 1991 direct from the New Forest sales as a 5 month old forest breed foal. Mum and I have handled and produced Cloud from a feral foal to date. Cloud has seen my through many difficult times over the 29 years together. My mum having a stroke and nursing her back to health, my brother suffering a serious head injury, having a premature baby and more recently the loss of my mum. Cloud has been there for me through it all as I have through Cloud's illness's, he got impaled as a 5 year, laminitis, PPID and just October Cancer yet he still stands strong and keeping the other horses in check as well as teaching my 3 year how to ride from 10 weeks old - well to be a Knight jousting. Cloud is my hero my best friend.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 8) Dimittee Walker - Indiana Go
Indiana Go (aka Indy for short) is my hero horse. Indy came to me just over 4 years ago when I was in a horrible spot in my life. I was only looking for miniature ponies at the time as I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to ride again but Indy found her way into my life.
Over the 4 years, we have been to shows and have just started attending adult riding club. We aim to compete in dressage in 2021. Indy has made a wonderful transition to a ridden career after a short lived race career and enjoys getting out and about on adventures.
I have learnt so much from Indy over our time together and the main one is patience. I just admire and adore her so much.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 9) Nicole Jones - Beauty
In 2018 I had many losses in such a short time. I lost two of my beloved dogs Harley and Jake within 2 months of each other. My mom and I decided to send them to heaven so they can run free at Rainbow bridge. The end of July my biggest loss of my life happened. My dad passed away after a long battle with cancer. I didn’t feel happiness or joy. I went into a deep depression over the next few months over all the loss. After struggling with depression, the following year my family brought a new horse home in July on the same day as my dad’s birthday. I knew it was a sign. Beauty has been a companion and hero to me, she helped me cope with my depression and helped me heal. I love that it’s always an adventure with her no matter what we do. Because of her I learned to ride and started to live life. She’s so patient with me and is there when I need her. She’s truly one of the best horses and I couldn’t imagine life without my hero. She saved me from the darkness.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 10) Paige Perrett - Spyro
My name is Paige & I am 11 years old. I am entering my pony Spyro into My horse My hero because to me he really is. Spyro became a member of our family two years ago & he has just been the most amazing pony who has become my best friend. I was a little nervous when we got Spyro as I had a fall from a friends pony when I was 6 & it had knocked my confidence but Spyro is just so calm & sensible he has given me confidence, trust & the courage to now want to start jumping. Before lockdown we did some fun local shows together & he was just so calm well behaved & looked so smart with his plaits. Spyro as well as being a brilliant little bomb proof pony he also has a massive character & is just so funny, he makes me laugh every day & we have so much fun dressing up together & he just loves to smile & pull funny faces when having his picture taken, mum says that's because he knows he will get a carrot at the end of it. Spyro has also bought the family closer together as my Dad wasn't over keen on horses but since getting Spyro he gets involved in everything I do & even built him a lovely big shelter so he wouldn't get cold in the winter. Spyro really is my world & my best friend & he will have a home for life with us.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 11) A.K. Burrus - Shorty
When we bought Shorty, aka Little Rascal, I’m not sure we knew what we were getting. He didn’t know the aids for go or whoa, because he’d been a lead-line pony. He’d sooner follow somebody on the ground than listen to the person on his back.
He wasn’t the perfect pony that I wanted. But he was all I had, and I wasn’t going to wait for something more. So, with determination, I set out to get to know him and to train him.
It wasn’t easy. I did things I shouldn’t have, or didn’t act when I should’ve. He wasn’t really trying to be mean, it was just the way he was. But I learned so much more than if I’d just had a perfect pony. He taught me how to teach. He showed me how to be firm but gentle too.
In the famous sci-fi series Star Trek there’s a planet where whatever you imagine becomes real. If I went there, I’d think of Shorty. But I wouldn’t take away his confirmation faults, his resistance to bridling, or his laziness. Because that’s part of what makes him Shorty. The Shorty I love, and fell in love with.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 12) Kate Lingwood-White- Tommy
I have owned Tommy ( Danygaer Lord Thomas ) for 9 years. I bought him as a recently backed 4 yr old, that I found on Preloved. I had previously lost 2 horses in 14 months, a wondeful SEC D mare to EMS & then an ex racehorse to multi limb lameness, having has her only 10 months. Tommy is a TB x welsh, his dam a registered cob & his sire an ex racehorse.I wasn’t going to get another horse, but as I have my own facilities I didn’t really want to give up ownership just yet. I went to mid wales to see him, & after riding him twice decided to buy him, so he came home with me on a damp cold October evening, & settled into his new home.
My lovely instructor helped me to get to know him, & gradually we started to do some low key competitions, rallies , hacks out etc. He loves learning, but can get very tense in warm up areas, so we have has lots of ongoing issues. We have done team quest & in 2016 we got to the nationals, where our team came 3rd, we travelled on our own , he coped with the atmosphere, & we came back stronger. He was diagnosed with kissing spine in jan 2016, not operated on, but with medication, physio, stretching & pole work , we are still managing to have a good riding life, just hope it continues.
He is a very loving horse, & I am so lucky I get to see him twice a day, especially this year, which has been so difficult, we have not competed since March, due to COVID & financial reasons, but we have schooled & hacked out, & he has coped with all the new visuals, that he wouldn’t normally see on our hacks. I always get a whinny each morning( food orientated I know), but he makes me smile & I love giving him his morning cuddles. He is most definitely my hero in more ways than I can mention. Thank you Tommy.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 13) Caroline Lamb - Sparks
I have owned sparks for 27 years. He has been through so much with me. He’s helped me through fall outs, break ups, depression moving to college I took him with me I just couldn’t leave him behind he’s my rock, my mums illness and passing. He’s been there for me to chat to and a neck to cry on. But the main reason he is my hero is he taught me how to ride and to ride properly he’s a quirky pony with lots of character and we have had so much fun together we have made so many memories that I will never forget he’s made my childhood amazing taught me how to love to care to respect a beautiful creature. He suffers from many allergies which has been challenging and also cushings which he was diagnosed with 2 years ago he went downhill so fast I retired him and I really thought I was going to lose my best friend. But no i didn’t he came back stronger than ever. I brought him back into work in September this year and he has taught my son how to ride and they have an incredible bond. He’s also made a 15 year olds dream come true to compete at arena uk. They qualified with the veteran horse society as a supreme finalist at the championships in October this year. He is now jumping and and is living his best life. He’s loved by many and gets away with far too much. Not only is he my hero and Jack my sons hero he’s Abby’s too.
My Horse My hero (December Entry 14) Riley Boyes - Stella
Stella came into my life two years ago, at a time when we desperately needed each other – her owner had just bought her but didn’t have time for her, and I was not in a good place after trying to give up horses for financial reasons. We are unsure of her history, but it is clear that she changed hands many times before ending up here and that not all of her experiences were positive. When we first started out she was very opinionated and trusted noone but herself. While it has taken a long time to build that trust, I could not ask for a better partner than the horse she is now. Working together she has taught me how to be confident and sure of myself, and I have helped her to build relationships (both human and equine) and let down her guard. Together we will try new things, go on adventures, and follow our road wherever it goes. I am so grateful to her owner for giving me the opportunity to love her and I wholeheartedly believe that she has made me a better person. She is truly a once in a lifetime unicorn!
My Horse My hero (December Entry 15) Abby Johnston - Blue
The definition of a hero - someone noted for courageous acts or nobility of character:
Where do I start with this wonderful boy, he really is a noble character.
He came into my life completely out of the blue (literally haha) I wasn’t looking for another horse at the time for many reasons, my last horse Mia passed unexpectedly when I was working abroad at a summer camp. She had colic, it broke my heart that I didn’t get to say goodbye. I was 1000s of miles away but there was nothing that could be done to save her.
A few months after I got back I received a phone call about an Irish draught named blue, I knew I had to meet him. The moment I set eyes on him I knew I had to have him.
Over the months we tried out hands and hoofs at lots of things and he can do it all. He’s the kindest boy you could ever meet. He absolutely loves dogs and has taught my dog Archie not to be afraid around him, he even licks him and follows him around. He is the kindest most gentle horse I have ever known.
He’s a big horse at 17hh and I’m not very tall but I could not feel safer on him, wether we are just going for a quiet walk or galloping through the fields at 100 miles an hour I know Im safe with him!
Over the course of the year my anxiety and depression got worse, my uncle passed away suddenly and my relationship was extremely abusive, I just thought it would get better. I didn’t know where to turn. I felt completely lost .... He’s been there through it all with me, even when I didn’t know where to turn or what to do he was there. I would sit with him for hours and he would just be there for me, he knew when I wasn’t myself and would look after me on our rides.
A lot of people say there horse saved them but blue really has saved me in more ways than one.... I don’t know who or where I would be without him