Two weeks ago, my daughters and I were in Las Vegas for the Las Vegas National Horse Show. It was all business for the girls, competing against some very talented riders and horses. Generally, they don’t ride competitively during the academic year. Instead, they use the off-season to become closer with their horses and further develop their horsemanship skills. Having developed a minor following earlier this summer, in California, they received an invitation to compete.
Las Vegas has become more than the gambling and entertainment mecca it once was in its past. Since the 1990s, it’s become more family friendly with the wider array of attractions and new casino hotels. The centerpiece of Las Vegas, of course, is the brightly-lit Strip. Missing, though, are the familiar – like the Sands, the Stardust, and other parts of “Old” Vegas.
The level of competition was definitely a step-up, but they enjoyed themselves and learned much. Though they finished lower on the leader boards, they rode well.
The sights and sounds of Sin City, that will have to wait for another time.
About the photos –
These photos were taken with a Canon FTb 35 mm SLR with Kodacolor film (ASA 400) in the early 1980s.