Lexi Pejnovic, C-3 Traditional Horsemasters member of Mobile Bay Pony Club in the Deep South Region sent in this lovely submission for the 2017 Flash Teamwork Award. Ms. Bebe Brown has had a grand impact on many Pony Club members and displays great sportsmanship and teamwork skills as described by Lexi.
The flash award recipient should be one that epitomizes Pony Club. My nominee is Ms. Bebe Brown of Plantation’s Pride Pony Club in the Deep South Region. I met Ms. Bebe as she is affectionately known in the Deep South Region in 1986 at my first Pony Club Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Her daughter Nicola was on my team.
When you first meet Ms. Bebe you immediately recognize she is British by her infectious laugh and her larger than life smile. She has been the D.C. of Plantation’s Pride Pony Club for years. She also runs her successful riding stable Tally Ho Stables from her farm. When you arrive at her farm you are greeted by a pig, a goat, a sheep, a miniature horse on the back porch, numerous cats and dogs and horses and ponies and all sizes of kids surrounding her. She instills her love of horses to all who ride with her. Nearly every single student is in Pony Club member. She brings confidence and enthusiasm to all who ride with her or are around her. It is not uncommon to see Ms. Bebe at the Deep South Region rallies wearing multiple hats and never bating an eye. You might see her in the barns as a Horse Management Judge, in the ring walking courses, or in the warm up coaching not only her kids, but others who need a coach too. She has a way about her making the bad days turn into a day of sunshine. When the floods came last year to her farm in Louisiana instead of being stressed her kids and students were galloping though the gigantic water feature that used to be pastures or the jump ring. Her life has come full circle, her granddaughters are now in Pony Club and are a force to be reckoned with. She wants her students to be successful equestrians with an emphasis on horsemanship as well as becoming successful in life. Her former students often return to see her when visiting home in Louisiana. I cannot say enough good things about Ms. Bebe. She is so good at what she does and cheers on and is encouraging to every rider in her club and in the region as well. Isn’t that what pony club is all about?