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A to Z Blogging Challenge Roundup of Reflections


The Mane Point has completed the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. What a wild and wonderful ride it was!

Like a long-distance trail ride or endurance race, the month-long blog event was both invigorating and trying. Certainly, some posts came easier than others.
 
But finishing counts!

Here’s what U.S. Supreme Court jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., said about completing a challenging race.


“The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. 
There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. 
There is time to hear the kind words of friends and say to oneself, 
‘The work is done.’”

And he was right.

A few days ago, I’ll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby. On the track, jockey-turned-newscaster Donna Brothers trotted up to interview the winning jockey.

''He's an amazing horse. I kept telling everybody, from the first time I met him, I knew he was the one. I knew he was good,'' chirped Mario Gutierrez, the jubilant jockey. Even then, the chestnut colt continued his post-race cool-down canter.

I’d be willing to bet that’s how it feels to finish any sort of race. The momentum doesn’t simply stop on the spot.

Maybe the Kentucky Derby winner’s name can inspire bloggers to keep on posting!

Who’s ready for more? Who wants to play along with the A to Z Blogging Challenge next year?

I’ll Have Another!

Nope, I didn’t pick that horse. Still, I love a good come-from-behind story. And he earned his mettle by winning the Santa Anita Derby in April.

But I did pick a bunch of winners for my April A to Z posts. Each day, I highlighted a special horse (or even two or three special equines) for the alphabetic posts. In the process, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with old friends and even growing to know new friends better.

I guess that makes us all winners, in a sense!

A to Z Blogging Challenge finishers: 
You are welcome to use this badge, 
created by Working in Words, 
if you wish. 
As a courtesy, 
if you do! 
Thank you.

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Here’s the whole herd of featured horses, from A to Z!


How many different equine breeds and equestrian disciplines can you find in those 25 April posts? 

From Andalusians to Appaloosas, and from Baroque horses to barrel racers, I was attracted to an assortment! I hope my horse-loving readers feel the same way.

This year, I finished the April A to Z Challenge with six blogs.


Image/s:  
A to Z April Challenge Survivor badge
 by co-host Jeremy
at Retro-Zombie – used by permission
Kentucky Derby winner
 I’ll Have Another
Pedigree photo – Fair Use
 A to Z 2012 Checkered Flag 
created by Linda Ann Nickerson
for Working in Words
A to Z Blogging Challenge 2012 logo
Fair Use

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4 comments:

  1. Hi! My mission...which I chose to accept...was to continue to visit as many A to Z Challenge participants as I could even after the challenge is over because I didn't want to miss out on any great bloggers out there! Lovely blog...good luck with the rest of the year and I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  2. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn't visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

    Evalina, This and that...

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  3. How ever did I miss this blog? I loved all your A-Z topics - very interesting & the photos are beautiful.

    Lisa, Random Ramblings

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  4. Great quote!

    and the badges too, very unique!

    Roadtrip: On my way from A all the way to Z!
    English Speaking Zone

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