Duke Provides A Stellar End To The Year...

There is definitely a "start of the holidays " feel to the Duke Jump For The Children Horse Show. Part of this obviously comes from the date on the calender which it falls, (now that it runs for two weeks, it ends the week before Thanksgiving), part of it comes from being the last show of the season, but I think the biggest part comes from it benefiting such a wonderful cause, the Duke Childrens Hospital.

Its so heartwarming to see not only the horse show community rally around this horse show, but also the community within the Triangle itself. Thanks to the numerous attractions and events put on by the committee, each day brings out people who otherwise may never get to experience a horse show.

The horses were especially good sports the first week as a drastic change in weather encumbered us a little. Honestly, they had every excuse to be fresh as we encountered a twenty degree temperature change along with heavy rain. But, without exception they behaved impeccably! I was especially proud of our three pre adult horses (and, of course, riders), two of which are five year olds, who showed at the very end of the day just as dusk was falling. They were all foot perfect. Cappie even won a class with Dale out of 48 entries.

Kylie and Stonehenge were almost fault free in a huge and competitive Large Pony division. A win in the Washington medal and third places in both the NCHJA Medal and the Handy round were strong results from them.

Kylie and Stonehenge

Week two saw strong results for us once again in the Equitation. Maddie kicked us off with a win in the NCEA Medal, second place in the EJ Haun Medal, and second in the ASPCA Maclay. Great results for her, especially as she moved up to the 3'6 for the first time!

Adi had good rounds in the low childrens jumpers. She was also a solid second over fences in the combined age group equitation, and third on the flat.

Once again, the three Pre Adult riders, Robyn, Lissette and Maren did a great job collectively, putting in solid, consistant rounds.

Mary and Abbie were a duo also strong in the Equitation. Mary garnered a second place ribbon in the Equitation over fences round of the Large Childrens Pony division. Always a competitive class. She also got good ribbons in the hunter classes.

Abbie was second in the pre child Equitation on the flat out of more than 20 riders, and seventh over fences. She did a wonderful job at her horses first horse show!

Adi and Cupid

Maddie and Porter

Abbie and Roux

One more thing before I end the final blog of the 2017 season. For anyone who doesn't already know, Dale and I won the sportsmanship trophy. Thankyou to everybody who voted for us, it meant a tremendous amount to both of us.

Thankyou for the continued support of all of our loyal customers, we appreciate you more than you know. And last but definitely not least, thankyou to all of our wonderful horses, without whom life would be less.

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle" Winston Churchill

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