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  • What's the best thing you've won?

    I won a wooden hand made saddle rack from Difficult Run Horse Trials that I love, love, love . It is hanging on the wall of my tack room with my dressage and XC saddles on it and has been immensely useful.

    What cool things has anyone else won?

  • #2
    Maui Jim Sunglasses, very cool.



    • #3
      Personal silver and books belonging Miss Margaret Lindsey Warden. She founded Pony Club in the US and MTPC HT the oldest HT in the US. She used to give away some of her own things for prizes. A particular favorite is a wine bottle coaster that I still use all the time.


      • #4
        The MJs are way cool, but I use my Carolina Horse Park Bar Stool more. It's the only thing in the barn tall enough to use as a mounting block to get on Randy Four-Legs, my homebred who was supposed to top out at 16.3 and is now pushing hard at 17.2 with no signs that he's finished with his vertical expansion.
        If the Number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it still number 2?


        • #5
          Not a "win", but the yellow/green completion ribbon at my first long format CCI. Best ribbon/prize I've ever "won".


          • #6
            Agree with GotSpots (my ribbon and completion medals from long format CCIs).

            The best prize so far was a rolling tack trunk - I won two on the same horse in the same year - his owner was VERY excited to have matching ones!

            (Funny story behind that too - the first event, I trailered with two friends. We were entered in different divisions, and after dressage we were all leading. One of them said she had the feeling we'd all win, which we did. Then we had the major problem of fitting 3 of those monster tack trunks into the truck/trailer amongst the stuff required for 3 different competitors with 2 saddles each, no small feat!!)

            You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng


            • #7
              Hands down the best thing was a case of beer!!! Seveal years ago when Six Pillar Farm HT was still being run, a beer distributor was a sponsor and the winner of each division got their choice of several types of beer, I chose a case of Amstel Light!


              • #8

                I am a cooler-whore I suppose. Once we get the barn built they're all going up on a nice wood and brass hanging rack

                I did win a really nice wooden grooming box but its too pretty to use

                Oh and a garment bag. That was very practical


                • #9
                  Completion ribbon and the silver frame for being 9th place adult amateur at CCI* long format at Morven. I used the frame for picture of my guy from his jog, one of the rare occassions he did not look like a pig pen pony
                  OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                  • #10
                    The 'best' thing I've ever won was a trophy.

                    It was a gold plastic cross firing barrel horse ridden by a man with loopy reins, mounted on that goofy plastic marble-look stuff with the original plaque ripped off and our 'Halter Champion' one hot glued on. Whoever was in charge of gluing was not a master glue gun operator.

                    Ok, maybe 'weirdest' is more appropriate, but it was an open schooling show and I'm still proud of my TB mare taking champion over all the stock horses in halter. We did a lot of schooling shows for exposure this year.

                    Eventing-wise, I'd have to go with the bag/pack with the farm's logo, filled with tack cleaning supplies. I also got one of the prettiest ribbons from that place.


                    • #11
                      I have a Carolina Horse Park hat and an NCDCTA/WNAA saddle pad, and I love them, esp now that I've relocated to California, I use them quite often and they a) remind me of the shows I won them at, and b) spark conversations which has helped me make friends and contacts.


                      • #12
                        I won a saddle (Stubben Siegfried CS) for being the training level series champion at Showpark (alas is no longer an event) back in the nineties. It is a med/wide tree and does not at all fit my current med/narrow boy, but I refuse to sell it. That show also used to give out jackets if you won your division, and they were really nice. It was kind of a "status symbol" to warm up in a Showpark jacket because the only way to get one was to win one. I won a couple and still have one hanging in my closet. It is warm and comfy to ride in when the weather is a bit chilly!


                        • #13
                          The best award I ever won was a plaque for the sportsmanship award for a show series where I rode in high school. It was very surprising. I was not told about it beforehand, but won it for all the work and help I willingly did there, including helping the little lesson kids tack up for lessons and clean tack for shows, clip the ponies and just always be available. I have won material objects as well (including a 2.5ft tall trophy for year end high points from the same place, same year), but that plaque is always the most dear to me.


                          • #14
                            A very nice wool cooler and 200 bucks. Unusual though, it was a championship.


                            • #15
                              I won a little yellow rubber duck in the "pitch til you win" booth at the Tunbridge, Vt World`s Fair.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by denny View Post
                                I won a little yellow rubber duck in the "pitch til you win" booth at the Tunbridge, Vt World`s Fair.
                                You reminded me of the fish I won at our local town fair! It lived for about 7 years at my neighbors because we did not have a fishtank at the time. I did eventually get a fishtank and took him when he was the last fish they had. He lived another 5 or 6 years with me, terrorizing any other fish I tried to keep.


                                • #17
                                  hahaha, denny, I have a collection of rubber duckies given to me as gag gifts from the college riding team I used to coach. I used to tell them to imagine they were holding rubber duckies in their hands -- grip too hard, and they squawk; bend your wrists the wrong way and you bonk their heads on each other, the withers, etc.

                                  Most useful thing I ever won was some very clever white show pads from Fleeceworks -- you get two white square pads, and one set of nice sheepskin panels that velcro on to the underside of the pads...that way you can bleach the pads, and baby the sheepskin. Only pads I show in for dressage now...
                                  The big man -- my lost prince

                                  The little brother, now my main man


                                  • #18
                                    I loved the plaques that MidSouth PC gave this year. They combined three tiles, with each phase pictured, into a frame. The tiles are white and the images are painted with cobalt blue. The plaque is unique and quite lovely.

                                    The hand painted pottery bowls and dishes that MSEDA gave last year are beautiful, too.

                                    The two pink ribbons from the 2008 USEA year end awards, probably mean the most. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I could achieve those. Wonders never cease to amaze me!
                                    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                                    • #19
                                      Stable sheet

                                      At IEA's training 3 day in May I won "Best Conditioned Horse" and "Ironmaster" awards. I got a hand painted wood plaque of my horse and a custom saddle pad. Those were definitely cool, but my absolute favorite award was Area VIII's "Young Horse of the Year" award. Shortly after receiving it, my young horse died... I'll never throw that stable sheet away!
                                      Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...


                                      • #20
                                        I am grateful for everything I have, the useful items are the best.

                                        I don't have a favorite, probably a crystal jam pot with a real crystal spoon I won in Canada as a kid. I have a silver oil and vinegar set too, my mother has that.

                                        Olney gave out these beautiful little silver boxes with checks in them for wins and I was very lucky to get one a couple years ago. Such a special gift for a small intimate event on a family farm! Puts the big, fancy events to shame IMO.

                                        Eventing wise I have been screwed a couple times on wins. I won a division at Radnor, but they gave out three $500 first prizes to the junior division, and two open divisions, and not the fourth adult division which was mine. I got a blue ribbon and my dressage test for that win.

                                        I won at an event this summer where the prizes were all new tack items, and my division was the last one to complete and finish, and all that was left was a baby saddle pad -- while other winners that day got $200 stirrups, embroidered wool coolers, etc. However, I was very proud of a clean stadium round at that event and that is a very satisfying memory, well worth any little token.

                                        I think the idea of having something unique and special is very important, like the Showpark jackets. It's not so much tack, a check, or silver, but that someone put some thought into honoring the winner with a unique item they could not buy or get anywhere else. That makes a win special.

                                        I have a sixth place ribbon from Whidbey Island Pony Club Horse Trials from 1984, a white stained and fragile ribbon from EI's three day event at Mountain Meadows, and a blue ribbon from the second ever horse trials put on by my friend Cindy Burge at her family farm, Deep Creek. I cherish those as the finest silver.
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