see where the Summerville Journal Scene announced the award in their recent article). Much has been said. Much has been done.
I guess, to me, the most important lesson that comes out of the parade experience is trust. Trusting others to do their jobs. Trusting horses to stay focused. Trusting the process itself. And I see the parade as a microcosm of the farm itself.
We are part of a larger community, our barn community, and each day we participate in a cooperative act. We choose to be here. We could go buy our own land and care for our horses. We could take our horses to other barns. We could stop riding altogether. However, we make a choice, each day, to be a part of Rose Court Farms. In making that choice, we give up a little autonomy. We give up a little independence. We give up a little privacy. And we don't always get our way. But that is the price we pay to be in any community -- and what we give up is nothing compared to what we gain.
We gain a beautiful place to ride. We gain fine care for our horses. We gain a safe place where our children (linked by blood and/or love) can be children and play. We gain entrance into a society of horse-loving people who set models for our children in their strength of character and commitment to community. To get all this, we just have to trust, like in the parade. Trust others to do their jobs. Trust horses to stay focused. Trust the process itself.
So, when I look at the parade pictures, I see not only horses and floats and wagons, I see community. Hard work. Fun. And trust. We are lucky, here at Rose Court Farms, and the parade is just one way we get to show it. Bravo, everyone. Congratulations on a job well done.