Wow, thanks for all the great ideas! I think my mom and I are going to try to make belts out of them. I saw the idea on a website but they were SO overpriced, so maybe if we can figure out a good way of doing them we can try to sell a few for a more reasonable price. I might try a quilt too! I have a show every weekend for the next two months (eek.) because of all the rescheduled shows from the heat, so I should end up with a ton more ribbons soon!
I have collected hundreds of ribbons through showing horses, goats, cows, and chickens. I plan on making them into a quilt and entering it as a project for my senior year of 4-H Posted via Mobile Device
When I have enough ribbons I want to make a show rug for my horse. I can just see it now - rocking up at a show, unloading your horse from the trailer, and here are all these ribbons all over it. I would use first, second and championship ribbons, myself, the better to intimidate my fellow competitors :P
I was in 4-H and FFA and also showed at a lot of horse shows (and cattle shows).. I had a TON of random ribbons. I write down what animal, the date, what event, and where on the back of all my ribbons.
Then I have a purging and keep only the "important" ones. The others I donate to my local RideAbility program. They're happy to take them, even if they have a different organization (or even a different species of animal!) on them. I usually take a blank, white sticker or white out tape stuff and cover up the info on the back so the new recipient can fill in their own info.
The rest are part of a quilt in process. Ha ha And the rosettes I've kept are still just in boxes.. That wreath idea is pretty awesome.
I've considered doing a quilt too...as soon as I find someone who wants to make it, I have zippo for sewing skills! I have several rubbermaid totes full.
I did take 2 big totes full of trophies and donated to one of the local 4-H clubs, they replaced the engraved plates and they use them for their leadline classes at their open shows. It's a win win, I don't have anywhere to display them all and lots of kiddos get trophies at a young age when it's most fun to get them :)
Huh, I've never gotten any felt ones. Are they a usual thing? I primarily only show the same 2 circuits and I think all the venues get their ribbons from the same place because they're usually almost identical.
I'm planning on switching Roxy to eventing after this season, but I could still make her one. She's 14.1 so she would need a smaller one :P
I think felt ones are a local thing to me more than anything else... only ever seen them at my local fair! Everywhere else seems to give out the satin ones.
Of course if you have enough satin ribbons, and know where to get rug making (or quilting, or sewing) supplies, you can always make two out of satin - one lined only with cotton to protect the ribbons and keep it together, and the other lined with nice warm fill to make a warm winter one!
Edit to add; another idea is to sew them direct onto a rug that you know fits your horse... I would want to do it with a brand new rug though and use that only for shows (washing the ribbons might damage them and you'd want a clean rug to put on your horse at shows). But idk, I feel like making it custom to fit your horse in a specific way is a better way to go than sewing them onto some off-the-shelf rug that happens to fit ok.