Burch Farm Blog

Then and Now

When I was about ten, my dad finally decided it was time to get me a "real" show horse. So we found Money in America: a four year old mare that would carry me into the world of performance horse showing. And that she did. She was the first horse I rode in the outdoor ring at the National Celebration and I loved her.  

 

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But a couple years passed and it came time for me to step up in the world and get a better horse. MIA was sold to some friends of our family who, after showing her a few times, took her home to be a retired lady. Fast forward seven years and a friend of mine is snooping craigslist and stumbles upon a rescued former show mare. She sends me the email and it's MIA, all skin and bone. So Dad and I made our way to Clarksville, TN to pick her up.  

It took an entire summer to get weight back on her. But I continued to ride her and enjoy her. Soon though, the Blackwells came alone. A family comparable to the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty. We've bought hay from them for numerous years and they had, of late, become in need of a trusty steed. We had just the one. Charles and Debbie Blackwell came and rode MIA with their two grandsons and it was true love.  

 

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Then, she taught me how to show, now she teaches them how to ride, respect, and love a horse. MIA will never be just a horse to me or likely the Blackwells either. She will no doubt have a forever home with these boys and always have a place in the heart of Burch Farm.