Horse show bling, brands and Black Friday.

November – we’ve strolled through the commercial exhibits at the Congress and Royal Winter Fair. We’re scrolling through the Black Friday ads.
Bling and brands.
When I began judging horse shows, I was struck by how little influence fashion trends had on my scorecard compared to performance and penalties.
After spending many years in the show ring, many hours attending to grooming details and many dollars on tack and turnout, I’m more inclined to ask “Is it a need or a want?” Will this influence the judges or impress only those outside the show ring?

Author Jerusha Clark,.on being content with what (or who) you have:  “Gratitude and anxiety are mutually exclusive neural pathways. You physiologically cannot be grateful and anxious at the same time.”

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. From Ecclesiastes (the Bible)