Monday, October 25, 2010

I have learned so much in just one year. Last year, I stayed home and kept the barn while everybody went to the Makeover. This is a thank you for everybody who helped me get from barn help to 2nd place winner!

First of all, thanks to the One who made mustangs. "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!" I have needed tons of strength to get through this competition. Jesus has been so sweet to me, and He has used a very stubborn little pony to teach me a lot. When you ask God for patience you better watch out! He teaches it by putting you in places were you really need it.

Thank you to my family who prayed for me, encouraged me, drove me around, helped clean stalls, and hardly ever fussed about nasty boots in floor. I couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you to Mr. Cohn and Mrs. Brandee!!!! Without you I wouldn't have had the opportunity to train Choco. I know that you did it because you wanted to, not because you felt like you had to. Thank you for being so generous with your time and energy. I really appreciate what "brutal and scary" slave drivers y'all were so that when I got to Tennessee and saw the patterns I said, " Is this really all we have to do?!" I also appreciate how you never did the work for me but taught me how to do it. I would have to say that 2nd place is worth all of our sweat, blood and blisters. Thank you so much for all your hard work and encouragement.

Thank you to Grandmother, JP, and Ms. Charlotte who encouraged me by coming all the way to Tennessee to watch us perform. It made me so happy to have you there. Thank you, Jennifer, for your long distance support. I wished you could have been with us, too.

Thank you to my friends who didn't get mad because I hardly ever talked to you for the last 100 days. If I did have time to talk, I probably bored you to death with Choco stories! Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement.

Thank you to each and everyone of you who prayed for me. I don't think this blog is big enough to list you all. You have been a blessing to me.

Thank you to you awesome kids in Mrs. Cindy's 3rd grade class who made cards for Choco and me. It made me very happy to know that all of you were rooting for me back home.

Thank you to everybody who has been reading my blog for the past few months. I worked really hard on it, and it would be really crummy if nobody read it. A lot of people have sent me emails or told me how much they like reading about Choco. It makes me happy to know that people are reading it. Thank you, Uncle Joe. Your emails made me very happy.

Thank you to Tessa, my dog who is never a horse. Some days I got pretty sick of horses (mostly just one horse) and was ready to see anything besides another horse. You are the best dog ever!

So many people have helped to make this possible, so I want everybody to know that I really appreciate everything everybody has done. THANK YOU!!!


  1. Jessi, you are such a phenomenal young lady. It was our pleasure to drive you to become the young lady you have blossomed to be during this competition. You are not the same person you were when we started.... I only hope someone got video of your mad dancing skills, because you even shocked your sweet mom. You are a great young lady who hasn't even started to reach her potential - stay focused, work hard, and never give up! We are sosososososo SUPER DUPER proud of you... you rocked the house! PS... boot camp paid off didn't it! HA :)
    Love ya~ Mrs Brandee

  2. I told y'all I could dance! But did you believe me? No...