BY INTERN ASHLEY SHAW
Over many years of horse showing, equestrians can accumulate countless amounts of ribbons. Sadly, the reality is that most of these elegant, hard-earned ribbons end up in storage containers and plastic bags in the basement. Why should the evidence of your dedication and hard work remain hidden? Here are a few simple, creative ways to stylishly display your ribbons and awards.
Strung on the Wall
I used tacks to pin a generic ribbon that’s about an inch wide to my wall in a straight line, placing more tacks throughout for support. Similar to putting up ribbons at a horse show, you can then use the hook on the back of the ribbon to hang it. This method is great, because it works anywhere and you can make the line however long you like.
Make a unique collage of ribbons and rosettes with Command Strips, found at supermarkets like Target or craft stores such as Michaels. They are intended to hang posters and picture frames without damaging walls as they are simply adhesive strips that stick together, so an upside to these is you don’t have to worry about poking holes in your wall.
I bought my shadow boxes at Michaels (they always have online coupons!) and used sewing pins to secure the ribbons in place. Regular tape works great to add photos, and small blankets can be added to the bottom. Arranging the ribbons and pinning them down is a little extra work, but it’s definitely worth the result.
In a Bookcase
What about items that aren’t ribbons? Setting up a bookcase is a great way to display various bowls, plates, and picture frames won throughout the years. Bowls and cups provide an extra place to put ribbons, and don’t forget to add photos of you and your horses!
Not only are ribbon displays beautiful, but they serve as reminders of good memories and feats of accomplishment. Look upon your successes with pride by showcasing the results of you and your horse’s teamwork with these simple, yet elegant ideas. You’ve earned it.
About the Author: Ashley Shaw is a senior at Lafayette High School in St. Louis, MO. She trains with Shannon Hicks and competes in the Junior Hunters and Junior Jumpers, and her goal is to qualify for the Devon Horse Show next year. Outside of riding, she enjoys photography, cooking, and hanging out with her retired horses.
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