Gracie- she is “that” horse

Gracie Oil Painting
Gracie Oil Painting

Gracie is my horse. I got her when I graduated high school and she is the best horse ever! I got her from Champion Ranch. The owner of the ranch, Richard Walrath, donates several $10,000 scholarships to 4-H and FFA. I was fortunate enough to be awarded one. I wrote Mr. Walrath a thank you and he liked it so much that he told me to come and pick out a horse. He had two fillies that had been started and the minute I saw Gracie I knew she was the one I wanted. She looked like she could move. I grew up riding pleasure horses and had decided I wanted to try something different, so I traded for a mare that had been shown in working cow and reining. She got hurt and we had to put her down just a few months before I got Gracie. I was thrilled to get another little cow-horse. She is pretty good about not letting a cow by in the pens and it doesn’t matter how big of a fit a colt throws when you pony it: she will hold it. Everything I have learned and all of the new things I wanted to try she has been up for and has met the challenge. I have been able to take her with me to college and everywhere we have moved. Her personality suits me. My Granddad says that a person is lucky in life to have found one good woman, a good dog and a good horse. He always said everything he had was for sale at the right price except for my grandma, his dog Rosie and his horse Corky–that tells you how much he valued those things. I think Gracie is that special horse for me.

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