Alex rocked it at State

So proud of that girl and her horse!!!!

All the years of hard work, yelling, blood, sweat, tears and near death-
Hippy and Alex did it in the "big show!"
They won 7th in Keyhole a couple of years ago which was great,
but to watch them run poles this year and win 6th place was fantastic!
I just keep thinking about all that we've been through with Hippy and all his colic problems, eye problems, etc. and knowing that it has just been Alex and him teaching each other - no trainers, no pros, he does it for her.
He has more heart than any horse you've ever seen.

It just makes me happy to look at this pictures and see all the hard work come to fruition.
No, they didn't win first place, but does these faces look like they care if they won first?
She also won tenth in Junior Flags - and it was fabulous to see her get that flag...
and stick it in the bucket!
...in 9.420 seconds
Back at camp we had "mama fan & baby fan" cause it was super hot!
and here is little Miss Molly posing in front of the fan for pictures with Alex's little stuffed horse from her mom that Molly affectionately named "Hipsti" - aka Hippy!
That girl is something else!
Alex's mom also brought her some temporary hair color spray to decorate Hippy for the speed events. I made some star stencils and we graffiti'd "Hippy" on the other side.
It showed up pretty well in the arena.
For those readers who don't know, the State Horse show is held each year at the end of show season at the Barton Coliseum/State Fairgrounds in Little Rock. All of the associations from around the State of Arkansas send their top five in each class to the event. It is usually our "vacation" each year and there are tons of vendors, food and lots of memories are made.
I complain about it, but I really do enjoy it.

Really I do!


MandieGirl said...

Love the "graffiti"! Great idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Alex, I am so proud of you. All the hard work you have done in the last few years is sure paying off. You are growing up to be a beautiful young lady. You were only 3 years old when you came into all of our lives. I wish you the best in what ever you do. Just study hard and keep doing what you love. I know you have so much support with your dad and Kim. I am so proud of all that Kim does for you, she is a great step-mom. Nancy and Dan Orr, what can I say, they are great helping you get where you are today, they have helped many kids in the past, and will continue as long as they can, kids like you have keep them young.
My prayer each day is you will continue to keep your focus on your school, horses and I pray you will get back in church.
Love and prayers, Tommie

KimM said...

Congrats to Alex!! love the "graffiti" and glad you all had a great weekend:) great photos too!

ncwdust said...

Great post Kim! Glad you shared with us!

Brooke said...

Alex your are awesome! Kim I took a picture of the 2 fans also! Great minds think alike! ;) Love you guys!