Editor's Paddock- Magic Of Horses

This editoral was originally written in 2011 as a Christmas message , but with all that is going on at this moment in time in our country I thought reprinting it seemed fitting. The young man that commented “ horses don’t care about color or anything else,” was a African American young man who experienced the magic of horses.

There are a number of Christmas Carols that have the phrases “Good Will Toward Man” and “Peace On Earth” in their lyrics. I really believe those words should be far more than just lyrics in a song that are just thought about during the Christmas holiday season, then forgotten the rest of the year. There wasn’t much good will toward man during the recent election. These days peace of earth feels more like an impossibility than ever before, yet every once and a while I have been lucky enough to see just a glimmer of good will toward man and peace on earth. Where, you may ask, did this happen? Well, it happened at a horse show while I was standing in the middle of the ring judging the show. That’s right - a horse show is where I saw peace on earth and felt good will toward man. This fall I had the pleasure of judging a Fun Horse Show that was being held as a fund raiser for a charity and that’s where I saw the glimmer. I have seen it before at other fun horse shows in the past too. As in the past I was amazed by the, yes, good will towards men, women and children at the show. Standing there in center ring I couldn’t help but notice, not only, all the different breeds of horses, but all the differences in the people there as well. Their differences were of little importance to anyone that Saturday in October. There were people of all ages, genders, races, religion and, I image, political beliefs, but nobody cared. There were non-horse people there that day and, again, nobody cared. We were just a group of people sharing common interest in horses and sense of community. We were all their to help raise funds for a good cause which would help our fellow man. I think horses give people a different perspective, in a sense. As one young man, who was helping out commented, “ horses don’t care about color or anything else,” and he had that right. Horses just look at one another as horses not at the color, or breed or where they came from they just know they are all part of the greater herd. Wouldn’t it be great if humans had that great gift? It just feel, of late, that we are so divided. Even friends and family seem to be taking sides on issues and missing what family and friends are all about. . That day of that show I didn’t feel that at all. What I felt was people putting aside differences and enjoying one another on an autumn day. There was friendship and camaraderie that day. That Saturday, at the Booster Club Arena in Ozark Missouri, there were a few hours, in that corner of the world, Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Man. It gives me hope that maybe someday we will see Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward man around the world.

I still have hope that someday hopeful soon there will be Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards all men/woman of all races, religion and political beliefs.