Sunday, June 6, 2010

Special Guest Writer Tonight!!!

I am so excited tonight to introduce you to a very special young man.

Matthew is our youngest son and one of the joys of our lives.

Matthew came into our lives when he was 4 months old with a death sentence for a prognosis yet God had another plan for his life.

Matthew has chosen to share one of his loves with you.

I hope you enjoy meeting him in his own words:

My progress with horse riding 2008-2010
I started riding in 2008.

My first pony to ride was Spencer I learned to walk and trot during the first lessons I took.

My second pony to ride was Callie. She is a great starter pony but she does not like to jump.

My third horse was Titan. He was the first jumping horse I got to ride. When on Titan I learned to jump cross rails.

My forth horse was Bose. I learned to steer and trot bigger cross-rails with Bose. I learned how to use a crop on Bose. I also won 6 Blue ribbons and 1 Championship on Bose at the Flagstaff show in 2009. Bose passed away last fall. He was my favorite horse and I still miss him so much

My fifth horse to ride was Chance. I haven't really learned anything but how to fall off a horse on him. For some reason Chance thinks it's funny to make kids fall off of him.

My sixth horse was Coco. I learned to jumped and canter all the jumps on her. I even jumped the roll-top with her this year and that is BIG. My first show on Coco was a wild one because she used to be a race horse and when we were in the arena she thought she was at the Kentucky Derby instead of at Marley's. I still won some ribbons on her though.

The horses that were canceled for me to ride were Hope, Kyle and Classie. Hope was to slow for me and I couldn't get her going. Kyle was too slow for me as well. Classie was the first horse I rode that was fast but I couldn't ride her after not being to stop her in the arena.

Guest horses that I rode in 2009 were Cooper and Carsten. I also rode Colby this year but like Cooper and Carsten he was a guest horse too.

I fell off of Coco and Chance so far but I have learned to direct my falls and so far have not been hurt.

I am good with balance thanks to video-gaming. I can see better with my eyes. Video games can help with vision and focus.

I have pretty much ridden all of the horses at Silver Lining except Gwen and Lilly. Gwen is a giant and Lilly is a baby. Oh, I haven't ridden Prince, Porcia, Winston or Turner because they are other people's ponies and they are mostly small.

I think I could ride any horse slow or fast and I am ready to go 3 FT next year. :)

The next time I write I will tell you about my trainer and all the great friends I have made through horse riding.

And by the way my friends all call me RED!


Gretchen Clark said...

what a special guest writer!! I love hearing about how much Matthew loves horses and riding :)

Michael said...

Cool Matthew! I really enjoyed your story and I look forward to to many more fun horse stories. I have to admit I did LOL when you were talking about Chance. This is from Aunt Pam, I'm writing on Mike's account.

Ken Thom said...

Nice Job Matthew!

ken Thom said...

Nice job Matthew!

Connie said...

Matthew....great job and I enjoyed hearing about all your horses you've ridden. I always liked horses but they didn't like me. My cousins had a horse that liked to step on my feet when I would visit and I went on a trail ride when I was at camp once and I got the slowest horse. He just walked so slow. Then another time I had a horse that turned around half way thru the ride and galloped all the way back to the stable. So...I don't think horses are for me. I like to pet them and take photos of them though.

Glad you enjoy look great on your horse and you've won a lot of ribbons. Great job!


Alene said...

Yeah for Matthew! I love horses too and I love the photos here. Thanks for posting this great one from your son.