November 2, 2015
I’ve got great memories of a super-special horse, but more importantly now, I’d like to hear your stories!
By Holly Clanahan, America’s Horse editor
That’s not an exaggeration, either. “Junior” and I were tight, and his death really affected me – don’t anyone dare tell me that he was just a horse – but to one little girl who had been through a lot of trauma in her young life, he was absolutely her hero.
“He was my therapy horse,” she sobbed when he died. Junior, registered as Lark It Or Leave It, had been with me his whole life, and he and I had traveled a lot of roads together. But he found his true calling when he met his little girl. He wasn’t always the bravest horse, but with her on his back, he was stalwart. She imagined that the two of them could communicate, and maybe they did. If he looked askance at anything, she was convinced that he was checking it out to make sure nothing would hurt her. With him, she felt safe and empowered.
If that’s not a superpower, I don’t know what is.
Other horses have since come into our lives, but Junior remains our super-special hero.
However, we’re not the only ones lucky enough to have spent time with such a special horse. Entries are rolling in now for the Your Horse, Your Hero essay contest, sponsored by AQHA Corporate Partner Professional’s Choice and America’s Horse, and I’ve already teared up more than once reading them.
Picking a winner is going to be hard, and I’m glad that Professional’s Choice staff members will be on the jury to help out.
To enter, all you have to do is tell us what makes your horse so special. More than likely, that’s your favorite subject anyway, right? The essays will be judged on the heroic qualities of the horses and on the strength of the horse-human relationships. The winner will receive a prize package of amazing Professional’s Choice products, as well as a story in America’s Horse magazine and mentions on AQHA’s social media outlets.
Here are the details:
- Entry deadline is November 10
- Must be an AQHA member, 18 years or older and a resident of the United States
- Nominated horses must be registered Quarter Horses.
See the complete entry form and official rules for details. I look forward to seeing your story!