Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
Counting My Blessings
by Peggy Edwards
As I reflect upon this past year, my first thought is how grateful and blessed I am. One thingís for sure, I know exactly who to thank, God. Like many people, Bill and I have had our share of challenges this past year that included health issues and job changes. Amidst these changes, one constant remained steady and that was my time spent with Paco.
He was there waiting for me every day, rain or shine. Letting my responsibilities to Paco, the other horses and the farm fall by the wayside was not an option. Although accused of having too many irons in the fire, my mission and goal has always been to get it all done: training, therapeutic classes, adjusting to a new job and work schedule, business responsibilities, summer camp, farm work and family time.
Iíve always believed that God has a plan for each of us. Although itís sometimes difficult to see, God bestows many blessings on us even in the hard times. Anyone who owns horses knows the work it takes just to feed, water, and care for them on a daily basis. Stalls have to be mucked, horses have to be groomed, bathed and exercised. And then thereís mowing, fence repair, farrier visits, etc. There were times I wasnít sure how things would get done but God answered my prayers and blessed us with the help of some special people.
It was because of these people coming together and helping us out that we were able to make it to the International Championship this year. Even after a freak incident jeopardizing Pacoís health and his overcoming an injury, I felt blessed and glad we could be there to compete. Paco persevered and performed to the best of his ability. I was just along for the ride and what a ride it was.
I extend my gratitude to the judges for their fairness and rewarding his performance. Winning the 2013 International Grand Championship was the ultimate reward and I share it with my friends and family.