Back during the summer of 2011 a colleague and friend, Dale Stanton, from Bloomington Online enlisted my aid in helping to wrangle the girls 4-H club english and western saddle riding. Dale, for the past several years had volunteered his time and asked for volunteers to assist with the capture of the atmosphere and people from the fair and the various events that happen here in Monroe County. The following select images are from this event back in 2011 and includes the English Saddle competition.
“The secret is effort. It’s brute force, grit your teeth, put your shoulder to the grindstone, push, shove, GO! Or maybe not. Maybe there is something more. As the author Anne Lamott once said, “You can do brickwork as a laborer or as an artisan.” The task is the same, but the process and the result vary. The laborer works long days looking forward to it all being over. He sweats and toils and the results are often average The artisan works even harder, because it’s a labor of love. He sweats, toils, and is engaged in the process. He loses track of the hours and can’t believe it’s already time to pack up and go. Finally, when the job is done, there is a quality about the essence of the artisan’s brickwork that is intangible, inspiring, warming, and full of pride. And then, imagine if the brickwork was tragically damaged. The laborer would curse. The artisan would cry. Which one are you?”