BY: bob roach

Thanksgiving … two words
thanks and giving connected together to
represent something different for each and every one of us.

Some get patriotic and look for the historical value. They go back to the first Thanksgiving that some Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” which was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, and was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.

The modern Thanksgiving holiday traces its origins from a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the Plymouth settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. This was continued in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.

What do you think the Pilgrims would think if they observed your Thanksgiving this year? They would first of all be amazed to discover your cell phone. It would be difficult for them to realize how quickly we can communicate today. And transportation would surely be surprising to them. It took them months to get to America, yet today one can make the trip in hours.

But guess what? That was not the first Thanksgiving in America.

The Thanksgiving Timeline compiled by the Library of Congress says the first Thanksgiving in what now is the U.S. took place in May of 1541 at Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas panhandle. Some 1,500 men led by Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado participated in a Thanksgiving celebration after marching north from Mexico City in search of gold.

Oh my goodness! In search for gold? It seems to me like they lost focus or at least had a different perspective on Thanksgiving than the one we have today. Each of us have various traditions concerning our own unique celebration.

For many of us it involves travel to visit with family and friends. Of course some of you, like me, are the host of the great celebration.

We use it more as a reunion. It is like saying,”We may not see each other all year long but we will get together every year on this date.” After years of practice it becomes your own “Family Tradition”

Once again, two words, thanks and giving. As you reflect on those words and compare your own “Family Tradition” with the reality of those two words, it is my hope that giving is a part of what we as a family are doing. What are we giving? We are giving of our time and spending it with those who we love the most, those who are the most important to us.

Many of you have spent time with Walking Horse Club Ky this year as you went with me on my “Journey” to all the major and many of the Saturday night horse shows. The morning workouts, highlight videos, and Evening performances were well worth the “Giving” and I would like to “Thank” each of you for your time.

No matter where you are, or who you are spending time with, I hope that your Thanksgiving
reunites you with family and friends while enabling you to give thanks for the most important things in life.


  1. Thank you for all your posts over the last year. It’s been a tumultuous year for the Walking Horse industry and we have not been able to attend many of the shows that we used to ( Age and health problems) You have provided us with the opportunity to stay in touch with the sport we so dearly love. Please keep up the great service you have so unselfishly given. God Bless.