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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Petey and Sis at the fair

  • A promise made a year ago, will finally be fulfilled Friday when I watch my granddaughter Jalyn, show her horse Sis, at the fair.
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  • A promise made a year ago, will finally be fulfilled Friday when I watch my granddaughter Jalyn, show her horse Sis, at the fair.
    The pair will participate for the first time together in the 4-H horse show Friday during Nobles County Fair held in Worthington.
    Jalyn, or Petey as she is nicknamed, and I watched the horse show last year during the fair. Petey was star struck by the beautiful animals that participated with their riders. We, both thought it would be fun to have a beautiful horse and participate with the others as they strutted their stuff around the arena. The promise then was, "If you get your mom and dad to buy you a horse, grandma will be there to watch you, I promise."
    Petey is a petite 11-year-old girl standing only 4' 6" inches high making her seem even smaller standing next to Sis at 15 1/2 hands high.
    When it comes to the pair, I'll admit I am very prejudice and think they will be the best looking duo in the arena.
    While this is Petey's first experience with Sis, she is a natural, according to her coach and trainer. She is not afraid of the very large animals even as small as she is.
    Sis was used up north at camps that taught children to ride. She is a beautiful animal and has a personality all her own. She can be very gentle when the kids are around her and she loves apples. Yet she has a spirit that when given the reigns, can take you on a ride that will give you an adrenaline rush.
    Not long after they got Sis, I drove down to check out the new addition to the family. I was so happy for Petey as her wish of getting a horse and entering her into the fair the following year would come true.
    It didn't take any convincing for me to hop on Sis and ride around the yard. She was well trained and very well behaved. The two of us even pretended we were running barrels, using young trees to dash around and between.
    A promise is a promise and I very much look forward to being on the sidelines watching Petey and Sis as they take part in their first 4-H Horse Show on Friday.
    When we make a promise, no matter how long ago it was made, we need to mean what we say... Boots and hat or not, I'll be there.
    Thought for the week: Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. – James Barrie.
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