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Fourth Annual Academy Show in Morganton, NC



MORGANON, N.C. - The weather was cold but beautiful for the fourth annual WHOA/TWHBEA Academy Show in Morganton, NC. The show was a success with over 100 entries. Young riders had a wonderful time as they exhibited their new skills.

Mary Helen Martin from South Carolina judged the show. Crystal Sides and Leslie Garrison kept the crowd entertained as they announced, and Rachel Garrison sang the national anthem. Sharon Wright served as ringmaster and Brian Garrison kept things moving smoothly at the gate. Tonya and Pat Kiser kept the concessions going. These volunteers worked hard all day.

This was the fourth year that the show has been held at the Exceptional Equestrians barn in Morganton. For the first time this year, adaptive classes were added. Some were assisted from their wheelchairs to the horse’s backs. Riders in those classes had the thrill of their lives as they rode their horses to a blue ribbon award.

The youngest rider of the day was Brandon Browning, age four, riding Coin’s Silk ‘N Lace. He won a blue ribbon in lead line. Other competitors included Kathryn Beane, Barbara Poteat, Sarah Davis, Corrie Lovin, Briana Hannon, Ashley Brown, Ruth Ann Moore, Katelyn Pearson, Samantha Pyatte, Katelen Browning, Haven Worley, Sophia Moore, Gracie Kiser, Austin Staton, Savannah Williams, Alexandra Sinden, Caroline Sinden, Hallie Kiser, Bethany Reid and McKenna Moss.

Class results may be viewed by clicking here.

 

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