The Secret Life of McKenna: Thanksgiving edition

This week Horse Nation junior blogger McKenna Oxenden  is counting her horsey blessings.

From McKenna:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Thanksgiving is the beginning of a slew of holiday: Christmas, Hannakuah, New Year’s. It’s also a time of a great food and family. And a great time to give thanks.

As you sit around the dinner table tonight, I challenge you to say at least one thing you are thankful for. And HN, it’s okay if you want to say McKenna’s blog.

Want to know what I’m thankful for?

First off should probably be my mom, because without her I’d have no support and no horses!

Secondly, to the ever lovely Courtney Sendak. After taking a lesson from her right before I left for Emily’s, I knew she was the right trainer for me and she has proved to be everything beyond my imagination and I can’t wait to work with her more. I still am thankful for her despite the fact she is enforcing no-stirrup December… (Cue grimace.)

Of course I am thankful to my mentor Emily Beshear who gave me a great opportunity this summer and pushed me to get a new horse, which proved to be the right decision!

I am thankful for all the new friends I’ve made, from Brickland Farm to my neighborhood.

I’m also thankful for Wylie, who lets me write this blog!!! She gave me the opportunity to let my voice be heard and bring everyone along on my journey. [Editor’s Note: We’re grateful for you too, McKenna! Thank you for inspiring us every week with your determination and passion for eventing!]

I’m thankful for the sport that eventing is. Exhilarating, fun, adrenaline rush, hardcore. Pretty much any adjective fits! Without it I don’t know who I’d be or what I do.

Parallel with eventing, the horse industry itself. Generally full of kind people, willing to work and help you out.

And I guess I’m thankful for my horses. Without them none of this would be possible:)

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good night!

I wish you the best in your quest to conquer your mound of food!!

May the odds ever be in your favor of not becoming a rolly polly.

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