It’s been eight years since I won my last – and favorite – buckle.
2012 Western National Finals
I was showing Kahluas Fancy CD, “Baby”, at the Western National Finals in Reno, NV. I remember knowing my score in the first round, and being bumped out of the finals by the last horse. I had picked up our arena bag and was in the middle of unbooting at the stall when I heard over the loud speaker, “Holly Wilson, please report to the main arena.”
You’ve never seen a girl move so fast. We trotted back in and went straight to the announcer. And would you believe it – they had a score change after a review and we were in the finals. Woo-hoo!
After our second run, we ended up in seventh. Which to me, might as well have been the championship. This was our first show on a national level, and we showed up.
Tips for Trophy Buckle Cleaning
Since this buckle – including all the others – is so special to me, I like to keep it clean and shiny. Here are some brief tips:
Tools of the Trade
- A dirty buckle
- Jewelry cleaner for silver items (I like the Grandma’s Jewelry Cleaner)
- Old toothbrush
- Spray the jewelry cleaner onto the buckle
- Gently scrub in circular motions
- Once you’ve sufficiently scrubbed, rinse with water
- Pat dry
Please remember that I’m not a professional, but I do clean a pretty nice buckle. If you have questions about caring for your buckles, you could always reach out to the buckle company who created it! Their name or logo is generally on the back.