Great pics Maya and Janneke!!
I grew up on a small farm in Northern Illinois. We raised, trained, and bred Quarters and Apps (max was about 30 horses at a time). Of course, it was just a hobby farm, but we also showed pleasure, horsemanship, halter, and reining. No speed or English. Jumping scared the crap out of me!!
In my early 20's I learned how to trick ride and worked with a rodeo company , on my free weekends for extra pay, for many years (imagine that….being scared of jumping, but willing to hang upside down off your saddle by an ankle strap with your horse in a full out run:)) It was great fun!!(and some bad injuries).
I'm now over 50 years old but remember those rodeo days fondly.
I don't, however, miss the 5a.m. feeding, watering, or mucking-out of the stalls in the barn before school every day. What a pain in the a$$ that was when I was kid:D There was no such thing back then as heated barns or indoor arenas. We had to wrap the water pipes with heat tapes and hope (or pray) for water each morning, or carry it from the house if the barn was frozen.
Anyway....more pictures please. I love the post and the pics!!!