Horsing Around Photo Contest Finalists

by Erica

It’s time to post the finalists of our Horsing Around Photo Contest. As you may recall, with the theme of Horsing Around, it could be interpreted as children playing or taken more literally with a submitted photo displaying an equestrian theme.

It was so much fun looking over all of the entries. Thank to you everyone who submitted a photo. We also had over Thirty emailed entries.

When we announced this photo contest, we listed the prizes as one of three Henry Horse Rocking Horses. But because of the new CPSIA testing requirements it looks like popular Henry Horse hasn’t got his testing done and we won’t be able to sell him or give him away in the near future.

So… instead we are offering each winner a $100 Gift Certificate towards any available products from A Rocking Horse To Love.

Here are just a few examples of what you might select as a prize if you are one of the lucky three winners.

Rock and Trot Plush Rocking Horse

Ellie the Elephant

Childrens 3 Way Easel

Ziggy Giraffe Rocker

As we said, there will be three lucky winners.

  1. The first winner will be awarded to the entrant whose photo receives the most votes.
  2. The second winner will be the runner-up in the tally of votes
  3. The third winner will be selected randomly from the entrants

The prizes are being donated from one of our online stores: A Rocking Horse To Love.

We will use Democracy Poll for readers to vote on their favorite photo. Please Note: Democracy Poll only allows one vote per IP address.
If you are selected as a finalist, feel free to announce it on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc and get your friends to vote for you. That is fair game. But please play fair and do not use proxy servers or other black hat methods of increasing your votes. If we do discover unfair practices, we will have to disqualify the parties involved. Remember the spirit of our site and play nice!

Voting will end Friday, February 27th, 3pm Eastern. We will announce the winner the same day!

This contest is open only to US shipping addresses. Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules. This promotion is void where prohibited.

Without further ado, here are our Twenty Finalists:

#1 – Izzy ‘N Emmy

#2 – Just Me

#3 – Canny Lanny

#4 – The Finer Things in life

#5 – Embrace The Chaos

#6 – Email Entry from Amy

#7- grasping for objectivity B-Sides


#9 – Write for a Reader

#10 – My Full Cup

#11 – The Spains

#12 – Through The Canon

#13 – A Giveaway Addicted Mommy

#14 – Email Entry from Cathy

#15 – My life as I know it

#16 – Needles and Pens

#17 – Email Entry from Becky

#18 – The Harmons

#19 – Temporary Insanity

#20 – Final Score: Boys 3 And Girls 2

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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life February 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I’m so excited and honored to be in the finals!! Thanks for choosing me!!!


2 Stephanie February 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Wow! There are really some rockin’ photographers in the blogosphere, aren’t there? It was so hard to choose, but I ended up voting for #12. I love the cowboy outfit, the pose, and the lollipop!

I also really was struck by #2 (that little girl sure looks like she loves her horse) and #6 (great “perspective,” although that horse almost looks a little sad…).


3 AmyG February 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I’m glad I didn’t have the job of choosing these pictures! They are all great!


4 Amanda February 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I think #15 is so hilarious! I am surprised none of my kids did it because they were all toilet fiends as babies/toddlers. LOL

I just tweeted about the contest. Hope it brings more people over to vote.


5 Stacy February 10, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Love #5!! Such a classic picture of daddy & daughter…the action shot…and the expression on her face is true “horsing around”!! So many great ones!


6 Kelli February 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm

#15 is hysterical!


7 Upstatemomof3 February 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm

#15 is so funny! They are all great entries though. Good luck to all!!!


8 Lisa February 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm

That’s so awesome we made the finalist!! Thank you! :)

There are some great pictures! i love the desitin one, been there done that, lol


9 Sandra F. February 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm

These are all sooo adorable! Can’t wait to see the results :O)


10 Jackie February 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm

This is so hard to pick just one! They are all wonderful photos – so congrats finalists. You all rock!


11 Heather February 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Wow, what an honor to find my photo among the finalists! They are all just adorable. What a tough decision that must have been for you. Thanks so much!


12 MommyWizdom February 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm

We can only vote for one!?!?


13 Alisha February 10, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Oh MY Gosh! I didn’t even check today. My readers came by to tell me and I am so happy! Thank you so much for the opportunity! There are so many great entry’s.


14 Jeanette February 11, 2009 at 2:06 am

So excited that Gabi’s photo made the finalists! (number 19) Also love #13 – who can resist that face? and can totally relate to #18!
:)thanks all!


15 Sarah February 11, 2009 at 8:26 am

I vote for #18 – far too funny!


16 Cathy February 11, 2009 at 8:51 am

Gracie was thrilled to see herself on the “real” computer! Thanks for putting in in such an elite group of finalists – all the photos are fantastic!

Cheers and Good luck everyone!


17 Shelly Burns February 11, 2009 at 9:54 am

Thanks for the honor of being chosen as a finalist!


18 Rebekah Calhoun February 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for the honor of being one of the finalist! i cant wait to see who win’s! THere all so good!


19 SarahHub February 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm

These are so cute! I wish I could vote for all of them!


20 Rebekah Calhoun February 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm

wow Just me must know a lot of ppl


21 Michelle Wyson February 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Thank you for picking Davin(#15)to be a finalist. It is an honor.


22 Lauralee Hensley February 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I voted for number 13. It looks like the Horse is horsing around teasing the little girl. Great photo’s everyone. My hubby says one day he’ll teach me how to upload photo’s on our computer, but I’m still waiting and it’s been awhile. Haven’t wanted to bother him. He’s tired when he gets home, working long hours right now.


23 Lana Cox February 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Wow! I’ve been a little behind on my blogging and just saw my Tristan (#3) is a finalist. There were so many cute pictures, thanks for choosing us!


24 Shaun Gallentine February 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

This is a fun way of seeing extended families lives in pictures. Tristan (#3) is my Sister’s Grandson-in-law! What a cutie and I’m sure he would get hours of fun with and LOVE the prize!


25 #3-Autumn February 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

#3 too cute!


26 Rhonda February 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I picked #10 that little guy needs a rocking horse so he does not have to play in the toilet.


27 Mike Day the Union Fireman February 27, 2009 at 2:05 am

I voted for #10 like the guys at http://www.ar15.com said to, see my included link, but to be honesy, I think #’s 2 and 3 are best. Sorry!
By the way, I’m NOT the real Union Fireman, but I do enjoy a good firemission bhoys!


28 Fernan February 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

I like all the photos. #2, #3, & #17 my favorites. Myself a Farmer I like seeing children and animals comfortable with each other. #2 edged out the other two by a couple horse tail hairs.


29 Lana cox February 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

Thanks to the 2 comments above, they made me smile :) I of course am biased because #3 is my son, but I do think he is one cute little guy and even cuter in person! But if he wasn’t in the contest I would have voted for #16. I just LOVED that picture. You could really see that little boys personality in it. He reminded me of one of my little brothers who were always wearing their cowboy hats and boots around. Too cute.


30 Sam February 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Vote for #10


31 Heather February 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Aww… thanks for your sweet comment, Lana (message #30). #16 is my son, Nathan, and I absolutely adore this photo of him. Brings back lots and lots of great memories! It looks like congratulations may be in order for you and your little cutie, too. Very well-deserved, as he is just a little doll. ;o)


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