Beautiful Susan, Like you I worked way to hard and spent way to much money for every ribbon I have. For years I never had a trailer and I would walk to the show, often 5-6 miles, show for the day, and hopefully hitch a ride home with someone. I often walked home too.
Every ribbon holds a special memory for me, most of my horses I won those ribbons on are gone and I am glad I still have the ribbons we worked so hard for.
My last ribbon cost me over $1100 between gas, hotel, entry fee, stall, exibitor partys and food for my groom ane me and three days.
I could not wait for the presentation of ribbons, 7 hour drive ahead of me, I had the show officials mail me my 60 cent white ribbon, and I was pissed they folded it in half.
Every ribbon is in a box in the basemant. My latest though is ironed and hanging proudly in my equestrian room.