Yesterday, I was too busy doing other things at QuarterFest to be able to visit the vendor booths. But I made up for that this morning, and have two shopping bags of gifts and other goodies to show for it.
It wouldn't be hard to come home from this event as a completely glitzed-out "kowgirl." Or as a well-dressed cowGUY, for that matter. Thanks to such AQHA partners as Wrangler and Justin, the latest styles in jeans, shirts, and boots are just as much a part of the shopping experience as the statement-making bling for us gals.
One of the most interesting people at QuarterFest is Sgt. Josh Forbess. He's the blue-shirted rider on the left of the shot with the two mounted cowboys. A member of our armed forces, Josh is still following the long road to recovery after surviving a fiery helicopter crash in Iraq. He was on fire when pulled from the chopper and has undergone nearly 20 operations on his head and face since then. Now an advocate for therapeutic riding the U.S. Army's Ft. Campbell,??he was part of last night's Extravaganza show that helped raised money for America's Horse Cares (which supports therapeutic riding). Josh joined us for dinner the first night we were here and shared his story with us.
Hat's off to you, man.
The Walk of Fame houses horses from the Extravaganza--one of which is Blue Jeans, the gray horse Miley Cyrus rode in her "Hannah Montana" movie. He's had a steady stream of visitors.
If there were a Walk of Fame here for humans, Bob Avila (in coral shirt, next to palomino horse) would certainly be on it. The champion trainer and member of Team H&R was just getting ready to go in the arena for a clinic session this morning when I snapped the photo of him talking to one of the many folks eager to see him here.