Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center
Thank you to all of our riders, horses, volunteers, family and friends who made this year’s Special Olympics a true success.
Last Saturday, the riders competed at the Hoofbeats Center rather than at the Va. Horse Center Complex, as in years past. The athletes came from all over Rockbridge County, southern Virginia, and even West Virginia.
Despite 90-degree weather, the riders breezed through their equitation, dressage, trail, and musical classes, laughing and encouraging one another.
This year, the show was held in the summer session and not in conjunction with VMI, which usually sends cadet volunteers in uniform. But three VMI students in Lexington taking summer classes still came out to volunteer and spend time with our riders.
After a successful show, the riders and families crowded into the Center’s living room to celebrate with an awards ceremony, ice cream social, and impromptu dance party.
Congratulations to all our champions!
By B. Jinae Kennedy
Congratulations to one of our incredible volunteers, Colleen Lewis, for her great rides at last Saturday’s Dressage with a View show. She came home with several blue ribbons and some great memories. We are proud of all our riders!
Mark your calendars and tell your friends! Hear the Beats Horse Show is coming up on May 31st. Held annually at the Virginia Horse Center, it will feature both English and Western classes of all levels. All proceeds benefit Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center.
For more information, please visit www.horsecenter.org.
On May 7, four Hoofbeats riders performed the opening drill and flag ceremony for the Bonnie Blue Horse Show in the Coliseum of the Virginia Horse Center. Rocking out as usual, our little riders executed their routine to some hip tunes, setting the tone for a great event. The Bonnie Blue show team presented a surprise blue ribbon to each Hoofbeats rider for their excellent performance. Thanks drill team!
Everybody at Hoofbeats is enjoying the successful launch of a new season.
We have some new horsey faces around the barn. Check out the updated “Meet the Horses” page.
— Pictures from this week’s lessons —
On May 7, Hoofbeats riders will perform as the opening drill team at the Bonnie Blue Invitational at the Virginia Horse Center.
On May 10, Hoofbeats is hosting Hear the Beats Fundraiser Horse Show. It proves loads of fun every year.
Happy (almost) spring!
After a long winter, Hoofbeats staff and volunteers are busy preparing for Spring Lessons, scheduled to begin April 1. The barn is full again. The horses finally came back last week and Saturday the 14th was the first day of schooling them. It rained most of the day, churning the ring into a lovely milkshake consistency, but mud did not deter us!
Henry, Harry, Blueberry, Spirit, Hermes, and Commander are back, along with two new horses: Lillie and Grayson. Lillie is a lovely gray Arabian, rescued by Maria and here at Hoofbeats for her 90 day trial as a therapy horse. She is a sweetheart, and we really hope that therapy is the right job fit for her! Grayson grew up with Commander. We call them brothers. He is a talented 23 year old and knows a lot of fun tricks! If you call, “Grayson!” and hold up your hands like you’re taking a picture, he will “pose” and “smile” for you.
The horses, volunteers, and staff at Hoofbeats are excited about the upcoming spring session. Hopefully see you soon!
By B. Jinae Kennedy
A photo essay by Hoofbeats volunteer, Rockbridge County High School freshman Colleen Lewis.
She is well on her way to being a professional – in our opinion.
Whatever your skills are – photography, organization, carpentry, fashion, painting, web design, writing, networking, cooking – there is a place for it at Hoofbeats, where skills and interests are encouraged and developed. Hoofbeats volunteers own the space to expand their creativity, develop ingenuity, and design and launch new ideas. Volunteer today. Apply your skills to change the present and train for success in the future.
By Jinae Kennedy