25 Athletes participate in Most unique sOKY competition
One of the truly unique events on the Special Olympics calendar continued on Saturday, October 8, when 25 Special Olympics riders gathered at the Shelby County Fairgrounds for the 2011 State Equestrian Competition. Riders came from five therapeutic riding centers, with one individually entered Lexington rider.
Three of those riders claimed the maximum two Gold Medals at the event. Anna Webster of Green Hill Therapy outdueled Tony Rodriguez by just one point in their class of the English Equitation event and also went on to win her class in Working Trails. Rodriguez rebounded to win Gold in his class of Working Trails.
Cody Bickers of Lovesome Equitherapy also had a one-point win, edging Alexis Henson in their Working Trails competition. Bickers later won his class of Western Equitation, and like Rodriguez, Henson rebounded to win Gold in her Western Equitation class.
The third double Gold Medallist was truly in a league all her own. Natalie Lanier or Therapeutic Riding Association of Louisville (TRAIL) scored 98 points in her English Equitation event and 97 points in her Dressage class -- by far the highest scores of the competition -- to win Gold in both events.
Our thanks to everyone who continues to make the State Equestrian Competition such an important and interesting part of our program: Event sponsors Texas Roadhouse and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Shelby County Fairgrounds, our competition directors and all of our judges and coaches.
If you are interested in learning more about our equestrian program, please contact Camille Allen at 800-633-7403 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting800-633-7403end_of_the_skype_highlighting or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011 State Equestrian Competition Gold Medallists Class 1-Working Trails (English) C-S: Anna Webster, Green Hill Therapy Class 2-Working Trails (English) C-S: Tony Rodriguez, TRAIL Class 3-English Equitation B-I: Natalie Lanier, TRAIL Class 4 -English Equitation C-I: Whitney Owen, TRAIL Class 5-English Equitation C-S: Connor Burton, Green Hill Therapy Class 6-English Equitation C-S: Anna Webster, Green Hill Therapy Class 7-Dressage C-I: Jill Mudd, TRAIL Class 8-Dressage A: Teresa Younger, Forward Motion Class 9-Showmanship C-I: Casie Seifert, Seifert Independent Class 10-DressageB-I: Natalie Lanier, TRAIL Class 11-Prix Caprilli A: Teresa Younger, Forward Motion Class 12-Working Trails (Western) C-S: Lucie Ledford, TRAIL Class 13-Working Trails (Western) B-S: Casey Gribben, Lovesome Equitherapy Class 14-Working Trails (Western) B-S: Cody Bickers, Lovesome Equitherapy Class 15-Working Trails (Western) B-S: Aaron Henson, Lovesome Equitherapy Class 16-Western Equitation C-S: Erin Gambert, Green Hill Therapy Class 17-Western Equitation B-S: Cody Bickers, Lovesome Equitherapy Class 18-Western Equitation B-S: Alexis Henson, Lovesome Equitherapy Class 19-Western Equitation B-S: Aaron Henson, Lovesome Equitherapy
Meet Our Incredible Special Olympics Kentucky Athletes
We are going to start spotlighting athletes in each Sports Line. We will choose athletes who are participating in the current sports season.
Chris Bryan with his favorite horse, Jack, and Lovesome Stables volunteer Rebecca
Christopher Patrick Bryan, from Villa Hills, Ky., has been in Special Olympics since he was eight years old! In the past, Chris has participated in the Softball Throw, Basketball, and Soccer; however, his favorite sport is Equestrian.
He started horseback riding at Lovesome three years ago. Lovesome provides safe and effective activities to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of all people, particularly those with special needs, through establishing an atmosphere of cooperation, respect and love in an equestrian environment.
The Special Olympics Kentucky State Equestrian competition was held October 8. Chris participated in Western Equitation and received a 4th place ribbon. He also participated in working trails and received a Bronze medal.
Chris graduated from Dixie Heights High School in 2004 and is currently working at Boone County Adult Work & Activity Center in Florence, Ky.
This past summer, Chris and his mom took a vacation to Arizona to see his brother, Sean. They went with Sean to Sedona and flew on a helicopter to the Grand Canyon! He also loves going to Florida. Chris also enjoys watching movies such as Toy Story, The Lion King, Annie and Benjamin Button, and listening to country music. Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, and Toby Keith are his favorite country artists. Chris was asked who his favorite superhero was and why, he replied, “Spiderman because he wears a neat costume and flies really fast with his webs!”
When Chris isn’t busy working, he enjoys riding horses in his free time.
Lovesome Stables Equitherapy Awarded Grant from Marathon Oil Corporation
Contributed by Lovesomestables
Jody Keeley Accepts a check for Lovesome Stable Equitherapy in honor of volunteer Duane Gatewood. Gatewood is being honored by his employer, Marathon Oil Corp, for his outstanding achievement as a community volunteer at Lovesome. Marathon's Global Volunteer Award honors employees who make a difference in their community, by donating $1000 to the charity of their choice.