Grit and Grace

Grit and Grace

These are two of the qualities that you'll find in horse people.

Barbara Aiken Jenkins and Wimpys Little Shiner

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By Barbara Aitken Jenkins  

Success in the horse industry requires a strong combination of grit and grace.

As a stay-at-home amateur, it hit me one day that I’d compete at the AQHA World Championship Show without a trainer. I knew my husband, Cody, would be at the back gate to give me last words of encouragement, but other than that, I succumbed to the fact I would compete amidst a sea of strangers.

The reality was quite the opposite.

When the draws were published, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Of the draws between 40-50, four were friends.

I was draw 44. My friend and stall mate, Caitlin Ferguson was draw 46. My best friend, Emily Russell, was draw 49, my good friend Jenny Honey was draw 50. We all joked that the World Show had suddenly become a “home show.”

 We wished each other good luck in the holding pen, laughing and praying for the best.

Read more about the professionals who gave their advice to Barbara as she prepared to show.

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