Thank you to all the EKF riders who helped with the Pony Rides at the Louisa County Parks and Recreation Harvest Festival yesterday! Thanks also to Misty and Krispy Kreme, who were absolute superstars: arriving at Walton Park in their matching lavender rubber reins and purple saddle pads, unfazed by footballs soaring nearby, fire trucks, tractors, rock and jazz bands, three-foot-long balloon animals, three-foot-long balloon animals loudly popping, and many, many, many children stretching their hands over the fence to pat them as they walked by. I counted 81 signatures on our release forms, and since plenty of parents brought multiple children, I'm sure we had well over 100 little riders. Everyone in the long line was incredibly patient, which I appreciate so much. It was nonstop from 10:00 a.m. through 4 p.m., and I think we were the only folks left in the park when we said goodbye to the last riders.
Nothing compares to helping a timid child up into the saddle for the first time, hearing her shakily confide, "I'm scared," and watching as she starts to smile, then giggle, then wave to Mom and the camera, finally saying, "I wish I didn't have to get off now," after a few laps around the ring. That's what it's all about.