Mothers, Mothers Everywhere!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Posted by: Kathy McHugh
NEDA’s Spring Show in Marshfield takes place nearly every year on the weekend that includes Mother’s Day. This year was no exception. It was not the worst weather the show has seen, but it was damp and windy and rainy in equal measures and until Sunday afternoon not the sort of day you would choose to be outside all day. But there they were in droves – mothers judging, mothers competing, mothers grooming, mothers coaching, mothers volunteering, mothers cheering from the sidelines, mothers driving, mothers braiding, mothers filming, and mothers doing nearly anything else that was happening on the grounds. In some cases, the mothers chose their day’s activities, reflecting what they enjoy most doing, just for themselves – spending the day with their horse(s). But, more often than not, these were mothers doing what they do for most of the rest of the year – supporting others.
Dressage is a pretty congenial sport. It’s not a contact team sport, and the referees don’t have to worry about getting punched. There’s actually quite a lot of mutual support among competitors that grows from the recognition that while your horse may have a better day today, someone else’s may have a better day tomorrow. But, everyone involved recognizes that it takes quite a team of supporters throughout the year to get one competitor and horse into the show ring – from training, lessons and regular care for both the horse and the competitor, through the ardors of travel with horses, to keeping everything clean and together on show day, arriving on time for warmup and test, recording and assessing the outing, and comforting the disappointed or congratulating the successful. And then there are the armies of personnel and volunteers that it takes to put on a show in the first place – managers, judges, secretaries, scorers, ring stewards, scribes, runners, barn managers, awards managers, food preparers and servers. Mothers are there every step of the way and at every stage. Why should Mother’s Day be any different?
We are nurturers, managers, supporters, leaders, and winners, all! Thank you to the armies of mothers who make the world go round every day of the year, and a special thank you to the small armies who make a show on Mother’s Day seem like any other. I hope that each one of you came home satisfied and happy and were met with your own version of thanks for all you do for others. Mine was a bouquet of lilacs filling the house with sweet aromas, a lobster dinner with champagne and the first of the season fresh caprese salad. Mmmm!