• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

What to do with OLD ribbons?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • What to do with OLD ribbons?

    My mother just brought me one of the COOLEST things I've had in a long time: My grandfather's ribbons from when he rode ponies in the 1920s-30s. Some of them are in great shape, others are more worn. They have all sorts of comments on the back about the classes, and how the day went, so I'd love to store them in some way that allows the backs to be read.
    How would you store/display them if they were yours? Shadow boxes?
    I would love to prevent as much deterioration as possible...

    I have some pictures of him riding, as well as some of his trophies, and I'd love to put together a real display in my office at some point..

    Soo... ideas?


  • #2
    I saw someone make beautiful Christmas tree ornaments by taking the bottom part off and attaching a ribbon to the top.


    • #3
      There's a woman up my way who makes some sort of quilts out of them, for decoration. I've seen pictures, they're really cool and make a lovely keepsake. Maybe someone in your area does the same thing.
      "Anti-intellect and marketing, pretty, pretty, who needs talent
      Crying eyes, we're so outnumbered, fight for the right to remain silent" Buck 65


      • #4
        vintage window shutters- a classy way to display ribbons without disembowling them.
        my horse trailer was stolen from kentucky horse park. Seen it?


        • #5
          Since you want to be able to read the comments on the back, I would make a series of "picture frames". I am not sure what to use for the edging - something that has a u-shaped profile so it will slip over both the front & back of the frame. Use clear "plastic" (you can buy sheets of plastic at home stores such as Home Depot or Lowes) for both the front & the back so you can enjoy both sides. If the ribbons have a metal "bridle hanger" on the back I would cut that off or pull it out if you can. Then I would compress the ribbons between the two sheets of plastic & secure everything with the u-shaped edging. You could hang these on the wall but you would be able to lift them down to read them. Secure a picture hanging wire by putting tiny screws in the u-shaped edging.

          My father used to make that type of picture frame using metal shelf supports that attached to the wall to make adjustable shelves. The metal strip that was screwed to the wall had a u-shaped profile & he slipped it over the edge to hold the front & back together. I don't know if you can buy that type of thing any more. You used to be able to buy it in "silver", "brass", "black", etc.

          I would use fairly good sized pieces of plastic so you could secure maybe 4 - 8 ribbons fairly close together.


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by CurlyLindsay View Post
            vintage window shutters- a classy way to display ribbons without disembowling them.
            Oh I like this idea!

            I'm shying away from the quilt idea simply because the fabric of the ribbons themselves are somewhat fragile, and I'd really like to keep the comments on the backs of the buttons (in my great-grandfather's handwriting, no less)...

            He competed in the Dutchess County area of NY - he had (before his dementia) wonderful stories of taking his pony across the Hudson on the ferry, setting him up at the showgrounds, and taking the ferry back home again only to return in the morning to compete the next day. He even rode in Madison Square Garden once in the National Horse Show


            • #7
              I like the idea of shadowboxes-you could mix up the pictures and ribbons, with some showing the front of the ribbon and some showing his comments. Or you could take pictures of the comments and make a kind of decoupage of them for the background of the shadowbox.
              "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

              Phoenix Animal Rescue


              • Original Poster

                Evalee - that sounds like a great idea. I'll have to check out the materials - it should be a good winter project


                • #9
                  Ribbon Quilts are fun. I like the idea of shadow boxes, done a few of those. Also, my friend had a table made that is all glass is and she puts her ribbons in that. So you can see them through the glass and she uses the table in her living room.
                  Unbridled Oaks - Champion Sport Ponies and Welsh Cobs

                  Like us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/unbridledoaks


                  • #10
                    I would do shadow boxes, pick some that have less comments and put them right side out. Combine these with some of the ones with narrative. If they are from big shows I would look online for posters from the shows (might be harder to find for the local stuff but maybe possible for the big shows). I would use fishing line secured within the shadow box to hang the ribbons on, that way they look like they are hanging within the box. What a fun project. Let us know how it turns out (pictures please ).

                    ETA I had an idea...the background of the shadow box could be a picture of him and the pony (or of his farm if there was such a thing or a pair of older style boots and helmet or the show poster from above, etc) that you have copied and blown up and faded out in a watermark style so the image is there but not the main focus and hang ribbons as before.
                    There are stars in the Southern sky and if ever you decide you should go there is a taste of time sweetened honey.


                    • #11
                      Well I don't think that this idea would fit your needs for preservation, but I'm going to throw it out there for others who might be interested in alternative ribbon displays...

                      Ribbon Ponies:


                      But unfortunately this article links to a website which does not seem to be current. I can't find any other info on Google right now. It's a girl local to me in Massachusetts that was making them. I could have sworn I saw an ad in a local horse paper for her ribbon ponies in the last few months. I'll look through my mags and if I find some contact info I'll post it.


                      • Original Poster

                        Aw those ribbon ponies are CUTE!!

                        Thank you all for the ideas - I will certainly post pictures once I get them all finished up


                        • #13
                          Do the ribbons have rosettes or are they flat? If flat how about framing them with two pieces of glass...instead of a solid backing. That way you can show people both sides. Or perhaps some type of glass top display table?
                          Debbie Hanson


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RNB View Post
                            Do the ribbons have rosettes or are they flat? If flat how about framing them with two pieces of glass...instead of a solid backing. That way you can show people both sides. Or perhaps some type of glass top display table?
                            Partial quote from post #5, above:

                            Originally posted by Evalee Hunter View Post
                            Since you want to be able to read the comments on the back, I would make a series of "picture frames". . . . Use clear "plastic" (you can buy sheets of plastic at home stores such as Home Depot or Lowes) for both the front & the back so you can enjoy both sides. . . .
                            Plastic has several advantages over glass for this type of use; for one thing, it is unbreakable if someone drops a frame while turning it over to look at the comments; and, for another thing, plastic is much lighter, making it easier to move the frames around to view both sides of the ribbons.