I smiled as I watched the herd of riders galloping around the Tryon International Equestrian Center on foot, jumping the kid jumps. They visited with each other, sometimes laughing so hard they had tears on their cheeks.
Adults turned into kids again as they observed the young riders playing at the exhibitor parties. Cell phones were tucked away and the competitors were focused on enjoying their teammates and friends. These young equestrians were enjoying their time with their parents and family members.
Each one of them could be any of us when we were younger. Now it’s their turn. They are our future professional riders, instructors, horse trainers, judges, stewards, horse show managers, veterinarians, farriers, horse breeders, farm and barn managers, grooms, horse insurance agents, tack shop owners, writers, and entrepreneurs.