Horses, Hills and a Helicopter

You’re probably wondering, where in the world “helicopter” is playing in here.  Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in soon!

We spent this weekend in Gaffney, SC at Green River Ranch for an Extreme Cowboy Race horse show.  We were new to the association and this horse show series.  It’s all about obstacles, horsemanship and trust between you and your horse.  It was so much fun to watch and photograph!  The ranch was beautiful.  Rolling hills, blue skies, and mountains in the distance {sigh}; my kind of place.


It was a gorgeous sunny day, even if the wind did blow 137 mph.  I had to dig out my toboggan and gloves for the event.  My sister and husband competed in a few of the classes.  I always leave feeling so proud of both of them!  They do such an awesome job, stay focused and somehow manage to have fun too!


The ranch’s hospitality was to a “T”.  Homemade food in the concession stand, friendly atmosphere and clean, well maintained grounds.  We made some new friends and saw some old ones too.


This kid was just so darn cute.

I enjoyed spending time with my family.  We laughed…


and ate bacon, egg and cheese biscuits.  Also, I drank way too much coffee {but is that even possible}?!

As I was finishing up my cup of coffee and thinking it’d be a great time for a nap, one of the young competitors took a big fall.  I had a front row seat and my heart sank for this little girl.  When you put your trust in a large animal, sometimes things will happen.  It’s always scary when they do.  They called for an ambulance immediately.  We all waited, anxiously.


Next, we got the news they were bringing in a helicopter to take full precaution and for us to secure our horses.  I said a prayer for that little girl and we all hoped she would be okay.


They rushed her off to the hospital and we continued on with the show.

Towards the end of the day, we got news that the young girl would make a full recovery.  No broken bones or serious injuries, just bad bruising!  Praise the Lord!

Erik {my husband} and Kirsten {my sister} ended up finishing in the top of their classes!  It was a long, eventful day, but definitely a good one.


My face may be windburnt, my body may be sore, my eyes may be blood shot, and I may have gotten home at 3AM, but it’s worth it.  Nothing can replace memories made with family, friends and horses.

Also, I’ve decided you can never have too much coffee.  I think I’m on my 2nd or 3rd cup of the day, but who’s counting?!



20 Comments on “Horses, Hills and a Helicopter

  1. Whoa, what an adventure! I honestly didn’t know what a horse show series was before this post–ya learn something new every day haha 🙂 Your pictures are so bright, I love it! (And eating all that good food sounds AMAZING! haha)

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    • Thanks, Julie! It was such a fun day! There are so many different types of horse show series. We are still learning them all and finding our favorites 🙂 It’s such a vast sport! Have a great week!


    • Thanks so much! It was a great weekend! I am still learning the photography tips and tricks, but I really enjoy having my own photos for my blog! Have a great week!


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