Cash Lovell Stables has had an extremely busy spring and summer! Between horse shows, summer camps and community service programs the summer flew right by!
This spring and summer we volunteered our time and service to help local and national organizations in our community. We started off by participating in the Ronald McDonald House “Sport A Shirt, Share A Night” program. T-Shirts were sold at the barn to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of North Carolina. All proceeds from this fundraiser were used to provide food, shelter and comfort for families that need a “home away from home” while their child is being treated at local hospitals.
Little Bits Youth Club members also volunteered their time and energy at The Children’s Home of Winston-Salem. Their barnyard looked new again after our team spent the afternoon raking, sweeping, grooming and cleaning tack. When everything was done, the children especially enjoyed spending time with the animals that live on the farm.
On the national front, CLS partnered with the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure. With the assistance of Little Bit mom and cancer survivor, Sonya Marion, we organized a team to benefit this very important cause. Our barn family walked, jogged and ran the 5K race together to raise over $5,000 for cancer research and education!
We are also happy to announce a special partnership we have made with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The local foundation coordinator attended our Make-A-Wish Fundraiser Meeting with a very special
Make-A-Wish recipient and her family. After pizza and cake, a presentation was given and we set our fundraising goal of at least $6,000. CLS riders have been setting up lemonade stands, selling handmade jewelry, washing cars and mowing lawns in an effort to meet this goal. With hard work and determination we are certain that our Youth Club will be able to make a child’s wish come true!
In May, we started off the show season with a fun show of our very own! This year, to help kick off Cash Lovell Stables’ second riding academy location in Oak Ridge, NC, our Annual Spring Charity Fun Show was held in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Easter Horse Show. Johnny Lucas Stables and Mystic View Stables joined forces with CLS, and more than 80 entries enjoyed a fabulous fun show. In one afternoon, CLS earned a whopping $3,500 for charity! Special thanks to our judge Steve Hanks, announcer Wallace Williamson and ring master Susan Williamson.
After an eight-year hiatus the Tanglewood Cup Steeplechase was in town again, and Cash Lovell Stables had a grand time supporting their return! Fanciful hats, gourmet food and beautiful thoroughbred horses made it an afternoon to remember. In fact, we had such a good time together that our barn moms are already planning the festivities for next year’s party!
As always, our summer horse camps were huge, hot and wonderful!! Little Tots, Beginner/Intermediate Camps and Overnight Advanced Rider Camps were week-long adventures that included riding lessons galore, driving lessons, educational talks, special guests and of course water fun in the afternoons to cool off from the summer heat! During our advanced camp, CLS explored the exciting sport of equestrian vaulting – and has since formed a CLS Vaulting Team! Special thanks to Cindy Mugnier, president of the American Morgan Horse Association and a renowned trainer and judge, who was a guest instructor at CLS for our Advanced Rider Camp.
Our Assistant Trainer and much-loved instructor Sondra Hodgson has been selected to receive the ASHA Scholarship this year! In addition to working at the barn, she is a full-time student at Salem College here in Winston-Salem. With outstanding grades, a bubbly personality and strong work ethic she is a wonderful role model for all of our young riders.
Academy and Show Riders have spent the rest of the spring and summer training and competing in many of the wonderful horse shows here in the Carolinas…Asheville Spring, Asheville Lions, Raleigh Spring Premiere, Blowing Rock, Charlotte Charity, Dallas Summer Classic and the Blue Ridge Classic. While at the shows, ASAC President and long-time Little Bit, Lauren Riggens has encouraged our youngsters to support the ASAC Youth Club by participating in Junior Judging events, selling and buying ASAC t-shirts, donating items for auction and taking part in the ever popular “pig toss” and “flamingo flocking” programs. Our riders are now gearing up for the World’s Championship Horse Show and Academy Nationals to be held this fall.
Congratulations to Emily McKay, and parents Jeff and Leigh-Ann McKay, on the purchase of their new 5-Gaited Pleasure Horse, Out of Reach. Best wishes and luck to the ASAC family. We’ll see you on the rail!