An Ode to the Horse Show Dad

horse show dads
Left: Gia Rinaldi and her dad and Hannah Loeffelbein and her dad at Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular Right: Matthew Burtard showing in Short Stirrup with dad Brian Burtard, Father’s Day 2015 at Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular.

From 5 am wake up calls to driving the rig at dusk with a snoring co-pilot,

From braiding pigtails to paying braiders,

From understanding the difference between a belly girth and a shadbelly,

From one hand full of mints to the other full of video camera,

From opening the in-gate to closing at the office,

We salute the patient, beloved Horse Show Dad.

Happy Father’s Day from The Plaid Horse

piper and dad
The Plaid Horse Owner/Publisher Piper Klemm, Ph.D. and her Dad at her first ever horse show.
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