A Thanksgiving Note

I grew up in Southern Illinois. I was one of five children. We all worked within the family business of buying, showing and selling the 400 plus horses owned by Mom and Dad.

Our parents worked hard. Dad especially was not one to take time off. But on Thanksgiving and Christmas, he would stop long enough to have Mom’s scrumptious turkey dinner with family and friends.

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Zane Schulte Award

Every year at this time, a committee within the NCHA chooses the recipient of the Zane Schulte Award (in memory of our son, Zane). This is a humanitarian award given each year which acknowledges a professional trainer who exemplifies ethics, character and contribution to our industry.

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“News! Barbra is Inducted Into the National Cutting Horse Association Members’ Hall of Fame”

“The Soul of Competition”

If you’re a competitor, chances are from time to time you might feel anything from anxiety to intimidation. What if I fail? What will they think? What if I let me trainer/spouse/friends down? What if Ill never be good enough? What if I don’t make it?

It can be nerve wracking.

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“New Year … New Adventures”

I’m very excited about this year as I have more time to create new projects and plot out new travel adventures. A new website is on the horizon, too!

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“What I’m Taking With Me From 2016 Into 2017”

Our lives are journeys full of lessons to learn on and off of a horse. Sometimes the lessons are fun to learn. Other times they come with a little bite in the backside. Here are ten ideas I learned in 2016 that I will take with me going forward into 2017.

Regarding the beloved horse, I learned:

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12 Day – 12

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

"12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF A DREAM”

On Day 12 of the Twelve Days of Christmas
… our horses give the gift of living our dreams.

We were all born with very personal and unique dreams.

We are all meant to realize these adventures and have a 
rich life day-by-day all along the way.

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12 Day – 11

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

“12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF GIVING”

On Day 11 of the Twelve Days of Christmas
… our horses give us the gift of giving.

By the fact that horses depend on us,
we experience the joy of giving to them.

They would do almost anything for a cookie!

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12 Day – 10

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

“12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF BEAUTY"

On Day 10 of the Twelve Days of Christmas
… our horses give us the gift of beauty.

A horse is a creature of power with long lines of bulging muscles.

He is a creature of beauty …
huge watery eyes … massive locks of mane and tail.

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12 Day – 9

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

“12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF FUN”

On Day 9 of the Twelve Days of Christmas,
… our horses give us the gift of fun.

We all ride because it’s FUN .. WOOHOO!

Our horses give us the opportunity
to experience extraordinary, world-class fun.

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12 Day – 8

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

“12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF A MIRROR”

On Day 8 of the Twelve Days of Christmas, 
… our horses give the gift of a mirror.

Have you ever noticed that a horse
reflects our emotions, just like a mirror?

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12 Day – 7

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

“12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”

“THE GIFT OF A STORY”

On Day 7 of the Twelve Days of Christmas, 
… our horses give the gift of a story.

We all have our life story that
includes lots of little side stories.

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