Monday, May. 20, 2024

Think Of “Hami”

We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Junior Gallery of artwork, poems and essays. So I thank these young horse lovers (and their parents) for taking the time to submit their works for all of us to enjoy. I read each poem and essay submitted and was once again amazed by the talented young writers we have as subscribers.
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We received a record number of submissions for this year’s Junior Gallery of artwork, poems and essays. So I thank these young horse lovers (and their parents) for taking the time to submit their works for all of us to enjoy. I read each poem and essay submitted and was once again amazed by the talented young writers we have as subscribers.

One of the highlights for the editorial staff each spring is choosing the artwork to include in the gallery (p.  22). While we wish we could include everyone’s artwork, unfortunately, we were limited to 12 pages this year. We do our best to choose a cross-section of works, by young budding artists as well as those whose artwork could grace our cover on any given week. I hope you’ll appreciate those that we selected.

Although there were many incredible pieces of art submitted this year—including the watercolor painting by Brittnie Chidsey on the cover (see p. 136 for details)—one particular piece stood out to me this year. And while this small pencil drawing, pictured at the left, didn’t immediately catch my attention amongst all of the large, colorful paintings, it was the artist’s note accompanying the piece that gave me pause.

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The artist, Devon Wright, a 15-year-old from Vail, Colo., had an altogether different purpose in sending her artwork to be included in the magazine. Her letter read: “This is Corey. He’s a very special horse—a Holsteiner-Thoroughbred cross. I drew this picture six weeks ago for a very special lady, Linda Priboth. I learned that Linda has cancer, and I wanted her to have a picture of Corey when she’s away from her Colorado home having radiation treatment. When she sees this picture she’ll think of a happy moment—riding her horse. Linda is like a second mom to me. She’s always so kind and encouraging to me—everybody at the barn calls her ‘Hami.’
   
“Please publish the picture in the Chronicle with a note to your readers that when they look at the picture of Corey to think of Hami and send positive thoughts and prayers her way—so that she will feel better soon,”
she concluded.
   
Devon’s drawing and letter once again reminded me of why this sport is so wonderful—the lasting friendships and deep camaraderie that develop between people who have horses as a common passion. It’s easy to become wrapped up in the race for ribbons and points and forget what’s truly important, but the moments that mean the most often happen outside the ring.
   
So, Devon, here’s your wish. And I hope that the power of the many positive thoughts you’ve generated through your thoughtfulness and compassion will help Hami on her way to a full recovery.

Tricia Booker, Editor

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