When the first boarders arrive, Rosie realizes working at the family stable will be more difficult than she anticipated. The extra horses aren’t the problem however; it’s one of the boarders that Rosie can’t get along with. When Grandma explains 1 Samuel 16:7 to the girls, Rosie struggles to see how the verse applies. It takes an annoying boarder, a blind horse, and an extreme race to teach Rosie that while man looks at outward appearances, God looks at the heart.
Scriptural themes: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
Author, Vicki Watson, writer of the Christian children's series, Sonrise Stable, has recreated Beka and Stormy's thrilling Extreme Cowboy Race in book 5 of the series, entitled "Outward Appearances". Beka and Stormy are portrayed as characters, Hannah and her blind horse, Dusty. Vicki has shared the race experience so accurately it actually brought tears to our eyes as we read the story. Thank you so much, Vicki, for your vision and sharing a part of the inspiring story of Beka and Stormy!
Stormy's application video for the 2011 event.
Beka and Stormy's competition video at Columbus Equine Affaire, 2011. The event was no longer the Extreme Cowboy Race. It was called the Versatile Horse and Rider competition, not nearly as exciting a name!
Demonstration of the half pass.
Young horses use a mouthing signal called clacking to indicate submission to an older horse.
The nurse mare foals begin to be acquainted with other horses, through a fence, while still in their own pen.
Nurse mare foals have so much human interaction, it's important for them to learn to be a horse also. And, the only way for them to learn that is to be with other horses. In this video, two nurse mare foals are introduced to older horses. You see the clacking response which indicates submission (at about 1 min and at the 10:20 marks). The foals are surprised and a little intimidated by the adult horse's behavior. At first, the foals identify more with the people and hang out near them at the fence, but gradually gain the confidence to approach the older horses.
A video created by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper showing mounted patrol horses being exposed to the smoke and noise of fireworks in preparation for the Red, White, and Boom Fourth of July fireworks celebration held in Columbus, Ohio.
Texas Ollie is one of the best modern-day trick horse trainers. You wouldn't guess it from his name, but he's actually based in Ireland.