First Megan and now L wrote posts about the realistic awards their horses would have won, and damn. If that wasn’t an almost-blog-hop made for me. Frankly, Murray needs all the awards he can get, especially if I have any hope of getting a magnificent ribbon blanket sometime in my life.
Most Likely to Lay Down on Hot Walker
Okay, so technically a superlative and not an award. Self explanatory, either way.
Did Not Buck Jockey out of Start Gate
Murray’s jockey did not know if she would make it through his first race. She did, and three more! We all know who the real star is here.
Murray fully deserves the cutest face award. His cute ass face won over many a girl at our barn who gushed over his adorable two year old self and wanted to ride him. It even scored him a super home as a trail horse, where he actually ended up being a pasture ornament.
Defeated All The Working Students
Murray’s greatest accomplishment of 2013 was probably defeating every one of the working students asked to ride him. In the end it was a lone eleven year old who put in the majority of the rides on him, though my RBF did some as well when she was back in town. But through a carefully planned strategy of refusing to be tacked up, pulling back, dumping saddles, and lying down when mounted, Murray let eeeeverybody know that he is NOT a cheap date.
2013 (award to Nicole)
Learned to Tack Up Murray
This was probably MY greatest accomplishment after coming home from Congo. To learn how to tack up the four year old ninja known as Murray.
Tacked Up While Tied
Sometime in 2014 Murray transitioned from needing to be untied and walked during all tack ups (and frequently being lunged prior to being tacked up) to being able to be — occasionally — girthed up while tied. It was a very proud day for me.
Taught Silly Rider to Sit Bucks / Learned How to Sit Bucks (award to Nicole)
Murray did his best to make my seat independent and stable. I did my best to gain an independent and stable seat. We both win awards.
Tricked Rider Into Thinking He Couldn’t Canter In Dressage Saddle
His powers of persuasion were incredibly strong.
Achieved Mental Maturity of a Three Year Old
Murray has always been a late bloomer. Sometime in his five-year-old year, he finally reached the logic and reasoning skills of a three year old horse. Barn manager, body worker, and dressage trainer were all immensely proud.
All was forgiven because this is still true.
Got Loose at All Events Away from Home
Didn’t survive a single event in 2014 without a loose Murray incident. On the upside: learned to carry extra halters, lead ropes, and reins everywhere.
Stopped Looking Like a Foal
Murray looked like a baby horse for an incredibly long time. I felt bad riding and competing a foal. It was weird.
Did Not Get Loose At An Event
This one time I took Murray away from home and he did not rip away from the trailer or break his halter or get away from some person’s control a single time and it was magical.
Saved Nicole’s Life on XC
Murray saved my life on XC by avoiding all jump judges at all costs. His incredibly brave and technical evasive maneuvers are probably the only reason I am alive today.
Changed Opinion About Nicole’s RBF
Murray previously hated my RBF because one time I accidentally put him on crazy supplements and then had her ride him and not only did he pull back and lay down on her saddle, he then threw an epic tantrum under saddle and had to be schooled for an hour. That was in 2014. Two years of treats later, she is finally forgiven!
2016 (repeat winner)
Saved Nicole’s Life on XC
Murray saved my life on XC once again by avoiding all jump judges at all costs! I don’t know what I’d do without him.