By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse JournalApril 23, 2012
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How true is this statement? “We learn the most from those who expect the most.” I, for one, am in total agreement with that sage insight from AQHA Professional Horseman Stephanie Lynn on Page 192 of April issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
In “Demand Excellence,” an abridged excerpt from Stephanie’s book “A Lifetime Affair: Lessons Learned Living my Passion,” she describes the rollercoaster that was working with AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm.
“I could not brush a horse suitably, saddle one quick enough or wrap a longe line correctly. Tired and a little homesick, I wondered why I had been hired if my skills were so inept,” Stephanie recalls.
Through the trials and tribulations of her time spent working for Lynn, Stephanie learned a multitude of lessons that she shares in the pages of the Journal.
“I am forever grateful that Lynn never felt compelled to apologize for demanding excellence in those around her,” she writes.
One of the biggest critics I’ve had to face in my life is the formidable Don Murphy.
When I was 17, I started riding with “Murph.” From his loud … um … coaching … came my world championship in working cow horse at the 2006 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. Murph’s ranch outside of Marietta, Oklahoma, was my weekend escape during college (since my own parents lived about 2,000 miles away), and I enjoyed any chance I could get to cross the Red River and glean knowledge from one of the most respected trainers in reined cow horse history.
But let me tell you, it was tough. There was no excuse like, “But Murph, I haven’t worked cattle in eight months!” No – I was expected to brush those cobwebs from my brain, sit my butt in the saddle and pray to the cow gods that I wouldn’t fall off and be trampled by a stir-crazy heifer, because that would have yielded fodder for endless years of ridicule.
There’s a herd of other people who agree with my addiction to Don Murphy criticism, such as Terri Wells of Livermore, California.
Terri wrote to me a few months ago in response to my blog, “The Look.”
“I am and always will be a ‘Murphy kid,’ ” Terri admitted. “I was one of those students who tended to get a lot of loud encouragement and looks at times. I would never trade a minute of that for anything!”
Like Terri, I’ve been looking forward to the release of the April Journal for one reason in particular: “Quarter Chat: Don Murphy” on Page 202.
One of my favorite answers to my questions posed to Don was, “What does the word ‘horsemanship’ mean to you?” It takes a true horseman to answer, “To think like a horse and treat it like a partner.”
Don’s and Stephanie’s quotes weren’t the only great ones in the April Journal – here’s a roundup of my favorite quotes from this month’s Journal.
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