I Belong ~ A Poem

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 21, 2009, 7:30 am

by Madelaina, age 13 Mane and tail like flaxen folding, In rapid cascades a-frothing Wind in wispy strokes it’s painting. But still, Is it worth your noticing? Two eyes liquid and profound, Starry and emotion-bound, Alike navy rainbows wound. But still Is it enough to astound? From your love I yearn a share, And the failure that I bear My perfection don’t compare, Because it’s only so you’ll care. Perhaps my efforts burning strong, Are just actions that are wrong, As day and
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2009 Fiction Competition

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 20, 2009, 1:18 pm

Welcome to the 2009 Fiction Competition sponsored by Girls Horse Club. Since 2001 we’ve published blogs, stories, poetry, artwork, and photography created by and for horse girls around the world. This year we’re raising the bar with a competition judged by popular horse fiction authors and award-winning media experts. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in two age groups—11 and younger, and 12 – 17. Please read the entry requirements, meet our
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Runners of the Sun

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 20, 2009, 7:05 am

by mustang23, age 13 They run for the sun, Slowing for no one. They seem unreal, It is truly incredible. The leader is like molten lava, The lead mare is as silver. Gold, bay, sorrel, roan, and black. These are the colors of their pack. They run for the sun, Belong to no one. The are the runners of the sun, And my heart they have stolen.
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Fiction Competition Preview

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 16, 2009, 1:32 pm

This week I starting contacting potential sponsors and donors, and also laid out a time line for the judges. So far three of the four have said “I’m in!” As soon as I hear from the fourth, I’ll let you know who they are. We’re starting to get prize donations (horse-themed books, music, clothing). I’m hoping someone will want to sponsor the competition so I can also offer a cash prize to the winners in each age group. That’s a long shot, but we can always
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June 11th

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 11, 2009, 12:37 pm

How’s your Spring Break going? I hope you’ve had plenty of quality horse time, or are planning some for the summer. My break has been great. I’ve spent part of the time in the Sierra mountains, part of the time experiencing Mother Nature’s beauty from the back of a motorcycle (fun, but not the same as being on the back of a horse), and all of the time with loved ones. How perfect is that? Speaking of loved ones, here’s a photo of Hooteeny and me enjoying a hike in the
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You Know You’re a Horse Girl When…

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 30, 2009, 1:30 pm

This blog, originally published November 21st 2007, doesn’t need an introduction except to say that retired Junior Blogger Syd has captured the life of a girl who was born to love horses… by Syd, age 12 At age 1 - All the other babies wanted a blanket with rainbows and flowers. You wanted one with horses. At age 2 - All the other little girls smiled when they got to play with mommy’s phone. You just wanted to pet mommy’s horse. At age 3 - All the other toddler girls wanted a doll
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A Place to Heal Your Broken Heart

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 30, 2009, 1:00 pm

After her first contribution We Love Them Until Their Last Breath and Beyond, a blog about losing her beloved horse, it occurred to Junior Blogger Rebecca Shyly to offer a place for other girls who have lost a horse or animal friend to share their feelings about the loss. So on February 23rd 2008, A Place to Heal Your Broken Heart was published. It’s sad but also inspiring to read all the tributes to animals who have touched the lives of their humans… by Rebecca Shyly, age 12 More and
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Flashes in the Meadow

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 28, 2009, 1:14 pm

This poem by Genna was originally published in June of 2006 in the former Loft Book Club. It was ultimately selected for and won our Judge for Yourself competition, a monthly contest where readers voted for their favorite fiction and poetry. Unicorns and other fantasy horse creatures have always been a popular topic at GHC… by Genna, age 11 As I walked the long dirt road Hiding from my fears I saw in the crowded meadow Through the cloud of tears A flash of white, then a flash of gold Coming
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True Winners

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 28, 2009, 12:00 pm

If a horse could talk and you asked her “What does it take to be a winner?” how would she answer? Well, I’m no horse (I only play one on the Internet), but I think this blog by Julia, first published October 5th 2007, says it all… by Julia, age 13 You’re at a horse show. You tried your best in your class, and did reasonably well for your first show. You place sixth in your class and are very pleased. That is, until, the first place rider walks by and begins talking to
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The Gift of Horses

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 27, 2009, 12:30 pm

In The Gift of Horses, originally published October 12th 2007, Junior Blogger Stargazer writes about something we all feel for the friendship, freedom, life lessons and everything else we gain from our relationship with horses: Gratitude… by Stargazer, age 11 Whenever I see a horse, I take in a breath and admire their beauty and grace. Whenever people ride a horse, they borrow freedom. Whenever I am mounted on one of these amazing creatures, I am taken over by a feeling of happiness that
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INTERACTIVE VIEW: Templeton Thompson

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 27, 2009, 12:00 pm

On February 9th 2007 we hosted the first Interactive View, an opportunity for GHC readers to meet and interact with talented not-so-young horse girls. Our special guest was Templeton Thompson, an amazing woman whose career as a singer-songwriter takes her around the country performing, often from the back of her horse Jane. Future guests included horsey authors  Toby Bishop, Terri Farley, Shelley Peterson, and Jessica Burkhart… Welcome to the first ever Interactive View, an interactive interview
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Realizing Your Horse Dreams: How to Get Started

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 26, 2009, 12:10 pm

Originally published June 24th, 2007, Realizing Your Horse Dreams: How to Get Started was written by GHC’s first Junior Blogger Julia. Although she retired from the roster in March 2008, Julia continues to contribute as a guest blogger. Here she shares some practical advice for turning horse dreams into reality… by Julia, age 13 Let’s face it. Dreams involving horses can be the hardest to turn into reality. Whether you’ve never ridden before in your life and just want to experience
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Every Picture Tells a Story: The Lone Stallion

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 26, 2009, 12:00 pm

Back in June of 2007 we had our first blog competition, Every Picture Tells a Story, where writers were presented with three photos and invited to tell the story of what was happening in that photo. We had ten entries and readers voted for the top three, then the original images were modified to better suit the winning stories. The Best in Show winner was written by Cassie (who later went on to become a Junior Blogger). It was originally published June 30th, 2007… by Cassie, age 11 “Young
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REVIEW: Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 26, 2009, 11:10 am

On May 16th 2007, long-time Junior Blogger Pony Princess contributed the first of many previews and reviews of favorite horse-themed books, music, magazines, collectibles, games, etc., featuring Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West, one of the stories from author Marguerite Henry (probably best known for the classic story Misty of Chincoteague)… Author: Marguerite Henry Title: Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West Category: Books Genre: Fiction Our Rating: Reviewed by Pony Princess, age 12 I just
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My Guardian Angel

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 26, 2009, 7:45 am

My Guardian Angel was originally published in the Loft Book Club, an area of GirlsHorseClub.com where all fiction and poetry was published prior to December 2008 when the site was hacked and several features were destroyed (it was kinda like our version of a barn fire, although fortunately no horses were harmed and all content was preserved in an archive). Julia’s poem was originally published in the blog on April 13th, 2007 along with Don’t Judge a Horse by It’s Colour and Indescribable
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Horse Slaughter

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 25, 2009, 3:15 pm

Originally published April 17th 2007, Horse Slaughter is the first ever contribution from Madelaina, our most senior Junior Blogger, and the first *official* blog at Girls Horse Club. Two-plus years later, Madelaina remains a dedicated contributor who’s always there to offer encouragement and kindness to others. Thank you Madelaina! The topic of this blog never grows tired for contributors and readers, and invariably ignites strong passion among horse lovers and attracts passers-by with strong
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Best of Girls Horse Club

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 25, 2009, 1:55 pm

Since Girls Horse Club first came to virtual life in 2001, we’ve showcased thousands of stories, poems and non-fiction articles written by and for horse girls. Although most contributors are under 17, you wouldn’t know it by the quality of their writing. If nothing else, Girls Horse Club is definitive proof that horses (real or imagined) bring out the best in us. While submissions and comments are closed for Spring Break, I’d like to step back in time and revisit some of the blogs,
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Spring Break News

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 23, 2009, 7:30 am

In her blog Being Me, mustang23 shares a heartfelt perspective about growth and change. We never stop changing in our lives (even us seemingly boring old adults) and at times we feel pulled to move in a new direction. Change can be hard, but in my experience there’s something good that comes out of even the most difficult change. Although we’re in very different stages of our lives, mustang23’s blog also spoke to me personally. I’m not feeling a wavering love for horses
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Don’t Judge a Horse by Its Coat

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 22, 2009, 8:00 am

by mustangmane, age 10 I remember when I first started to ride. Whenever I got a gray or “not-so-pretty” horse, I would always think, “Why do I ALWAYS get the gray one?” or “WOW, that horse needs some cleaning up.” But now, I think back and feel guilty. I was always looking at the beauty of a horse, not it’s personality. And the gray horses I rode were so sweet and kind. I took good care of the horse I got for the week, or for lessons. I am pretty sure
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GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 22, 2009, 7:30 am

by Peanut, age 9 His soul is white Heaven is his fate He takes away all hurt and hate Every stroke of the brush There’s no need to rush Every pat of my hand We are off in a land We’re only at peace Between us no leash Yet our hearts do talk much We are always in touch
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