My favorite phone call all year

Every year at this time, I get to make one of my favorite phone calls of the year.

I always get to notify and congratulate the current year’s recipient of the Zane Schulte Award. This is an award in honor of our son. It’s given to a professional trainer in the National Cutting Horse Association. It awards character, respect by peers, contribution to the industry, and excellence in the arena.

This year the award will be given to Scott Amos. Scott, on behalf of the Award committee, “Congratulations! You’re such a worthy recipient. You inspire us all!”

I want to share what I thought as I reflected on Scott and the meaning of the award this week. That’s the subject of today’s video.


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Every year at this time, I get to make one of my favorite phone calls of the year.

I always get to notify and congratulate the current year’s recipient of the Zane Schulte Award. This is an award in honor of our son. It’s given to a professional trainer in the National Cutting Horse Association. It awards character, respect by peers, contribution to the industry, and excellence in the arena.

This year the award will be given to Scott Amos. Scott, on behalf of the Award committee, “Congratulations! You’re such a worthy recipient. You inspire us all!”

I want to share what I thought as I reflected on Scott and the meaning of the award this week. That’s the subject of today’s video.

It’s easy to think what we do as riders can only be measured on the outside… like championships or a good cut, or fast spins.

Those things are important, and they do provide great motivation.

But there is no greater than or lesser than importance in horse activities. All of them are important and vital to the person doing them.

Now, let’s go back to the Zane Schulte Award.

The trainers who receive this award receive it because of their character… not because of what they win in the arena.

And interestingly, some of the research of Dr. Jim Loehr showed that often when professional athletes consistently win, it becomes insatiable. They feel as if they have to prove it again and again. Maybe it was a fluke? Or people wouldn’t think it was real unless they could do it time and time again.

The athletes who thought that way were not ultimately happy until… and very importantly… they shifted their purpose for what they do. When it became about becoming a better person, contributing to others, and having fun, their endeavors meant many to them.

Plus they also did better in their performance, which I think is extremely interesting!

So my message to you, my friend, is do not measure yourself by external standards alone… or think that where your skillset is right now for the type of riding you do is the most important element of riding. Those things are not the ultimate measures of the value of your horse life and your worthiness as a horse person.

Suppose you love a horse by looking at him or her in the pasture? That’s awesome if that brings you joy. If you win a world championship, that’s awesome, too. It’s what really matters to you.

Be kind to yourself.

Scott Amos, “Once again, congratulations” I’m happy for you. You have accomplished a lot in your career. But most importantly, you inspire us all… and that’s close to my heart. You inspired this video.

Let me know what you think. Leave a comment. Have a great week!

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14 Comments on My favorite phone call all year

  1. Susanna Knecht on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 12:16 pm
  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gifts with us and always being so encouraging!

  3. Becky Drake on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 1:12 pm
  4. I always look forward to the presentation of the Zane Schulte award. It is so meaningful to showcase the excellence of a person’s character, integrity and respect for others! We need more of this in the world – so thank you! Congratulations to Scott Amos!

  5. Cass Antle on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 1:22 pm
  6. Zane is so proud of his parents!!! Your Angel is continuing to join you in blessing and inspiring others. Congratulations Scott!!!

  7. Celia on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 4:01 pm
  8. Thank you!!!
    Such a great message and reminder about character and purpose !
    It is not all about winning….life has so much more to offer, sounds like Scott has that perspective and thank you for sharing.

  9. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 18th Oct 2020 4:09 pm
  10. Hi Barb, Well, I actually really did “laugh out loud” regarding “there’s no Grand Judge in the sky” —-oh, sooooo true and yet it kind of feels like that! Thanks for that fun and true comment. But also, you almost brought tears to my eyes hearing your last encouraging comments about “So go have fun, get back up, there’s nothing lacking in you” etc–especially with the picture of your son Zane in the background along with the heart warming wall plaque that hangs underneath his picture!!! I think I’ll just go have a cry —and enjoy my horse journey more!!!!

  11. Jean Jacobson on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 3:37 am
  12. You are an inspiration Barb. Your messages always seem to be just what I need to hear. Thank you for sharing this with us all.

  13. Stu on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 7:32 am
  14. I was glad to hear about your choice for the Zane Schulte Memorial award. I have had the pleasure of attending a couple of Scott’s clinics and throughly enjoyed them. His enthusiasm and supportive personality shine through. I think it is great you offer this annual recognition and wonderful you chose to recognize Scott. I have known many of the recipients and know this puts Scott in good company.

  15. Tonya Holmes on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 8:30 am
  16. So true, working in this. The drive to win more is melting away as I enjoy the people and my event. Because I get to do this. I am blessed.

  17. Karen Stephens on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 10:34 am
  18. This award is so awesome and I’m so grateful for this award and its meaning. Your course has me digging deeper and it’s no longer about the win, but the joy in the journey. I do not know Scott, but he definitely sounds wonderful

  19. Roberta Rollins on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 10:55 am
  20. Beautifully said and this is what makes this sport the joy that it is! Your horse, the cutting family of friends, all enjoying the time we have together!

  21. Karen Ross on Mon, 19th Oct 2020 11:10 am
  22. Your message was really beautiful.

  23. Lynn Sava on Tue, 20th Oct 2020 12:02 pm
  24. Thanks for this beautiful message Barb! So important, especially in these times!

  25. Vera Widmer on Wed, 21st Oct 2020 8:51 am
  26. I am glad that you have chosesn Scott. I don’t know him in person but he really seems to be a nice horseman and this is really great. Congratulation. By the way today I bought my wonderful horse Proud to be Cocky a brandnew wonderful Saddle that matches him perfectly. I enjoyed so much to try out and watch him beeing so patient with me and the saddle maker. So great to spend time with our beloved ones with 4 hooves. Vera from Switzerland. Unfortunately I am not able to visit the Staates because of the Corona Virus. Bummer Vera Widmer – Forster

  27. DeAnna Ball on Fri, 30th Oct 2020 10:18 am
  28. Thank you for reminding us what is really important in our horse journeys. Thank you for giving a well-deserved “Pat on the Back” with your annual award in Zane’s name! Thank you for inspiring me to be constantly learning and growing in character and joy!
    Luv ya to pieces!

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