2006 brought about tremendous change for us. As many of you know we had a terrible fire in January 2006. 9 ponies, many of whom were multiple national champions, as well as precious friends, were lost that day.
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, its just a pony”, or that’s a lot of money for ” just a pony”…. They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for “just a pony.”
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a pony.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a pony”, but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a pony” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a pony” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you too, think its just a pony, then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend”, “just a sunrise”, or “just a promise.”
“Just a pony” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
“just a pony” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of “just a pony” I will rise early, take long walks, and look longingly into the future.
So for me and folks like me, its not “just the pony” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
“Just a pony” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that its not “just a pony” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a woman or a man.”
So the next time you hear the phrase” just a pony,”…just smile, because they “just” don’t understand the lessons in life thru God’s Gift of Just a Pony.
Please Help Us Remember...
Please help us remember the following ponies who died January 21, 2006 in a barn fire. Their contributions to the American Shetland Pony breed were outstanding and we intend to honor their memory with grace and dignity. Help us to celebrate their lives by remembering the happy times we had with them, and the sons and daughters they gave us:
- Georgetown’s Mr. Michigan
- J.B.’s Oscar Meyer
- S G Up & Atom
- Toy Soldier FMF
- B&L’s Rock “E” Kan-Callie
- Pan’s Steppin Pretty
- Just One Look EGF
- Luscious LuLu EGF
- Raise The Bar EGF