Thank you, mom!

Thank you, mom! (Samantha and her mom)

Happy Mother’s Day! A day of celebration and appreciation for the women who gave us life, although our mothers (and fathers of course!) should be cherished and appreciated every day. With Mother’s Day must come a blog post in honour of the amazing women in our lives.

I am blessed with amazing and wonderfully supportive parents, especially when it comes to my riding career and I know that my mother has sacrificed many of her Mother’s Days to sit ringside at a horse show alongside her fellow show moms.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, let’s give our thanks to the Horse Show Moms.

Thank you for being the chauffeur, the cleaner of tack, the holder of horses, the taker of pictures, the writer of checks and so much more. Thank you for sacrificing your sleep, time, washing machines and nice smelling vehicles for us and our horses. Thank you for celebrating with us or wiping our tears about whatever the day brought. Thank you for supporting us wholeheartedly in our passion, even though it’s not necessarily yours. Thank you for all that you do for us and all that you’ve taught us in the process.

Cheers to the Horse Show Moms!  Now to thank some of the women that raised these Horse Junkies…

Caroline Culbertson: “My parents are absolutely the key to any success I’ve ever had, and my mom is my best friend. She’s my sounding board for work, relationships, life, and anything involving the horses. She oversees the home farm in NC while I’m living in VA, and is key to keeping the horses fat fit and happy. She makes the best chicken and dumplings in the world, always reminds me to turn my stove off, and has helped me become the strong, independent woman I am today.

Malin Fredriksen: “My mom died as a result of a car accident at the age of 40. She never reached the age of self expression that is the reward for giving all to kids, husband and career. She never got to ride that purple bicycle, with her painting supplies strapped on the back, stopping and drinking wine while slapping oil paints on a canvas, as she stated she would do “later.” And so I ride, and I feel that freedom she spoke of, and I feel that brave spirit that left too soon, and I soar where she was grounded.”

My favorite picture of my mom, Wenche, and I. Gone too soon, but continues to inspire me to live my life with integrity and grit.

My favorite picture of my mom, Wenche, and I. Gone too soon, but continues to inspire me to live my life with integrity and grit.

Valerie Wunder: “My mom is my biggest equine supporter. Heck, she named me after a girl who rode horses that she met while she and my father were stationed in Hawaii. She bought my first pony, went to every.single.IHSA show for four years in college and lived with me for a month because she wasn’t going to miss the birth of her “grand colt” for anything! Here she is with Danny!”

Here she is with Danny

My biggest supporter!

Genny Macy: “My mother has stood by me through the rain, the snow, the wins, the tears and the recovery that horses have brought to my life. While our bond extends so much further than the barn, I would never have gotten here without her unwavering support and honesty. Having someone like her in my life makes me realize you stand up for what you love, and that no one can stop you unless you let them. She’s stronger than I’ll ever be, and will never realize it.”

My mom has stood in the rain

My mom has stood by me through the rain, the snow, the wins, the tears and the recovery that horses have brought to my life.

Susan Wachowich: I met a guy on an airplane recently and he said to me “You never stop worrying about your children, even when they are adults.” He carried on about the sleepless nights he encountered, only wishing for the best. It was at that moment that I realized how many sleepless nights, grey hairs and I would assume a few ulcers that I have caused my horse show mom. From trips to the hospital, dressage diva moments and my desire to gypsy away to another country, the trials and tribulations of a Horse Junkie mom is certainly deserving of a medal of honor. I am thankful and happy to have had such an amazing mother to pick me up when I am down, and bring me down a notch or two when I am up. Stay humble. There is no words to express how thankful I am for my Mother. (I love you mom.)

My mom's first selfie. #letmetakeaselfie

My mom’s first selfie. #letmetakeaselfie

Alexandra Meghji: “My mother has never failed to help me be the best rider and the best person I can be. She has constantly made sure that there is nothing standing in the way of achieving my goals, and for that I am perpetually grateful. As she guided me through the victories, the disappointments, the pressure and the celebrations, she has shaped my life, impermeably and forever “.

My mother has never failed to help me be the best rider and the best person I can be

My mother has never failed to help me be the best rider and the best person I can be

Samantha Cowan: “My mother is my rock and my biggest supporter. Her constant and unwavering love and guidance has shaped me into the person I am today and for that I will forever be grateful. Along with my father, she has always ensured that my journey following my dreams and accomplishing my goals was not a journey that I made unsupported and her faith in me has played a huge part in the rider that I am today. If I can be even half the woman my mother is, I would consider that my greatest achievement.”

Happy Mother’s Day!!