Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Tuffrider winner is...

Jen of the Cob Jockey blog. Congrats Jen, I need your contact info (behindthebit!

This was sooo hard
I read all of the comments at least three times. There were so many compelling stories  -- from divorce to weight loss/gain to illness to job loss to other stuff. In the end, I looked for some specific things in selecting a winning entry. TuffRider is doing a nice thing and I wanted to honor their goal of helping the show competitor gear up. The finalist commenters were the ones who...
  • Talked about their plans for showing in the near future.
  • Explained their need for new breeches (weight loss or gain, worn out old breeches, etc).
  • Captured/described their plight in a creative way. Alexander Pope said, "True wit is nature to advantage dressed; what oft was thought but ne'er so well expressed." Clever writing sealed the deal.
The semi-finalists were STBEventer, Now That's A Trot, Madman, Faye Jane, Victoria, and rq. I really want to give a thank you to everyone who submitted an entry -- you're all a credit to the sport!


  1. Jen's entry was really clever! The part about the stomachache made me laugh. Now her dressage horse will not have to be embarrassed by her attire! Congrats Jen!

  2. Congrats Jen!

    Thanks to Stacey, and thank you TuffRider, too, for holding the contest!

  3. Congratulations, Jen! My you, your horse, and your new show clothes have a wonderful season of competition!

  4. Congrats to Jen and good luck this show season! Happy to see I was a semi-finalist but certainly pleased for her! :-) Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. For some reason I am unable to view either of the following entries: Horses and Personalities or How To Ride A Half-Pass. I'm commenting about it here since I can access this post.
    Congratulations, Jen. Good luck showing.

  6. Those were accidentally published too soon, Ms. Martyr, they're coming in the future... Sorry!

  7. Thanks, everyone! I am so excited to finally have a pair of breeches that doesn't have holes. I will do you proud in the show ring!

  8. Neat! Thanks for considering me as a semi-finalist. I'm not much of a writer, so to get my story across in words that mean something to someone...means something to me!


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