Come Visit and See What’s New

Are you in the Atlantic City or Orlando area? Come visit Hodges Badge Company at two great tradeshows. We’ll be attending the Tri-State Camp Conference in Atlantic City March 18th – 20th and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in Orlando March 14th – 16th. See below for full details.

Tri-State Camp Conference
March 17th – March 20th, 2009
Atlantic City Convention Center
One Miss America Way
Atlantic City, NJ
“In its 27th year, The Tri-State Camp Conference continues to be the most important “off-season” event for nearly 4000 attendees each year. Camp professionals, seasonal staff, youth development professionals, and “out of school” experiential educators gather annually to participate in over 200 program sessions, visit the 300 booth exhibit hall, and network amongst a group of people dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children.” ~ American Camping Association

March 13th – 16th, 2009
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL
“The ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show gives you the best of all possible worlds: a conference about big ideas in education, sessions featuring big-name speakers, and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services for educators.”~ASCD

More than just a Blue Ribbon!

This essay was submited by Char Gordon of Island Lake, IL. Congratulations Char!

My first blue ribbon was the by-product of a wonderful friendship. It was awarded to me in May, 2008 at the MidStates Morgan Open showin Hampshire, IL. I received it for a Adult Open Walk Trot class.

I had recently had 2 back fusions, the second one to fix the failed first one, and my confidence on horses had seemingly been removed with my spinal surgeries. While I had been showing my horse in Halter classes, running in sand was nearly impossible for me as I also have a rod running through one of my leg bones. I was frustrated because I didn’t have the confidence to ride my horse in a class and could no longer participate in Halter classes without succumbing to a lot of pain.

My friend has a beautiful Morgan mare that she had been letting my daughter ride. She decided that I would ride her mare in an open class. I was terrified! She had me ride the mare a few times prior to the show and the mare was VERY patient with me. I decided it was a “go”…I would attempt to actually ride in a class!
Char Gordon with Estralita De Oro

Char Gordon with Estralita De Oro

The day came. My daughter warmed the mare up for me, The mare, Estralita De Oro, then patiently allowed me to steer her around the arena in our class. I felt my fear waning as nothing bad was happening to me and Lita just was so patient. Then I finally relaxed and enjoyed it! I lined up and got a 1st place.

While I was the only one in the class, that ribbon and trophy represents more to me than a win. If I had gotten no ribbon, it would still have been an huge win, as I, with the help of my friend, overcame an incredible fear when I rode in that class.  Getting a blue ribbon and a trophy on that day meant more than beating any competition; it symbolized overcoming fear and the value of a great friendship.