“I can honestly say I am one of the luckiest girls in the world. I am incredibly grateful for everything that my parents have done for me to help me pursue my dreams with my horses. Sometimes equestrians forget to realize how lucky we really are. Thank your parents for supporting you with your horses because you wouldn’t be where you are today without them.” ~ Lacey Jamieson
The horse world is a small place and with so many social media platforms and forums these days, it’s become even smaller. We chronicle our lives with our horses online, on blogs like this one, or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In the midst of all the social chatter, some stories rise to the top, inspire us and remind us why we do what we do.
Lacey Jameison was a 16 year-old girl from Ontario with a passion for horses. Like many of us, she documented her days at the barn through her Instagram. I follow her and have liked many of her photos as they so capture the essence of what we Horse Junkies are at heart: horse-crazy girls who have incredible bonds with our equine partners. She brought out the joy of riding each and every day. I admit that sometimes I can’t be bothered to tack up and go, especially at 6am when dawn is breaking and it’s cold out. Lacey, on the other hand, would post photos of her doing a yoga pose on her horse at dawn. When I complain about riding in the arena for the 5th day in a row and how boring it is, Lacey would post a photo of herself doing a handstand on her pony’s rump.
The trust and bond implied in many of her photos is something that we all strive for as equestrians. Her tragic loss this past Sunday from a suspected rare blood disease has felt ripple effects throughout the equestrian community worldwide. She had 68 thousand followers on her Instagram and I’m sure they, like me, will miss the daily dose of carefree joy that each photo or clip brought to our day.
We’re bombarded daily with tragic stories from media outlets but it’s stories like Lacey’s that remind us about the good in the world and the joy of life.
Her last YouTube video posted on October 1st – I Love These Horses
Life’s too short to be constantly stressed about shows and results. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up today, I suggest you check out Lacey’s Instagram – @laceyjamieson and find that sort of joy with your horse.
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