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First Annual Ride-Like-A-Knight Horse Show a Success

First TH Show
Riders with disabilities compete in a trail class at the first anual Ride-Like-A-Knight Therapeutic Horsemanship Show assisted by St. Andrews student volunteers.


TH Show 2Rider with autism enjoys her blue ribbon for competing on horse Toby.

Laurinburg, N.C. – On April 17, the Ride - Like - A – Knight Therapeutic Horsemanship Program hosted its first horse show.

More than 30 riders participated in the show with the help of 40 dedicated volunteers. Many families that had never been to the equestrian center were able to watch their children ride and enjoy the facility. Each rider performed a rail class and a trail class for judge Kellie Garrabrant with the guidance of announcer Mike Kryzsak, a recent St. Andrews graduate currently working in the school system.

All 11 horses were the vision of perfection, receiving blue ribbons and medals for all riders they helped. Ribbons and prizes were donated from individuals and businesses in Laurinburg.

A variety of demonstrations started the event off, including a jumping demonstration by Betsy Kaplan and her horse Tucker; a barrel riding demonstration by Kellie Garrabrant and her horse JJ; vaulting with Heather Jackson and Kendall Fout riding Big John; and a dressage demonstration by Greta Friesan riding Leggs.

A retirement ceremony was held for Bailey after 30 years service to the college and 14 years of service to the TH program.

Volunteers from the St. Andrew’s equestrian program, non-equestrian students, and the community came out to help make this first show a huge success and must-do event for years to come.

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