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Highland Stables Hosts Third Academy Winter Tournament



By Joni Jenne’

The third Academy Winter Tournament of the season was held at Betty and Charles Mosley's Highland Stables in Bowling Green, Ky., Feb. 28. Always a popular place to visit, Highland Stables did a great job of rolling out the red carpet for the instructors and their riders. Spencer Benedict of Glasgow, Ky., judged the 115 entries and Mark Taylor of Murfreesboro, Tenn., did a great job announcing the show.

Volunteers for the show included Joyce Gentile, Erin Graf, Dan Groover, Melanie Madder, Thom Meek, Jackie Osborne, Robbie Person, Dan Starnes, Beth Thomas, Jane Thomas and Kelly Whitmer.

Ricky Bennett presented the flag for the opening ceremony and Paige Bennett, the 2001 and 2003 World Champion 11 and Under Equitation World Champion, demonstrated her riding skills aboard Pride's Sir Galahad during a special exhibition. Ricky and Paige are the children of Leigh and Kim Bennett of Alvaton, Ky.

To participate in the Winter Tournaments and the upcoming Academy Championship, instructors and riders must comply with TWHBEA Guidelines and NHSC Academy Rules and Regulations. Instructors must also be certified by TWHBEA's Certification Program. The Academy Championship will be held Saturday, March 27, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. in conjunction with the Trainer's Show.

Complete results can be found in the March 8, 2004, issue of The Report.

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