Cash Lovell Stables has finished up the year with incredible memories from 2010! Fun shows, riding clinics, youth club activities, pony rides, parties, and much, more come to mind as we reflect upon all the things we are thankful for.
At the World’s Championship Horse Show, some riders hit the green shavings for the first time and some were seasoned pros! Congratulations to Stella McAuley and CH Audrey Hepburn, Cashlyn Lovell and CH Aces & Eights, Caroline Anderson and Philosopher, Catie Hawley and Ms. Betty Grable, Jake Butts and Dance On The Inside (catch-riding for Suzi Shiflet), Sarah Martin and CH Hayden Fox, Emily McKay and Out Of Reach and Lindsay Jones and Majestic’s Wingmaster. We are delighted to say that two Reserve World Champion Titles and many WCHS ribbons of all colors now belong to these incredible young riders! We couldn’t be prouder!!
Twelve of our Academy members spent Halloween weekend competing against the best of the best at the National Academy Championship Finals in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Moms, Dads, brothers and sisters cheered on our 2010 Academy Nationals Team to 17 Championship and Reserve Championship Titles — the most CLS has ever won! Our 2010 National Academy Championship Team included Penny Martin, Terra Johns, Jozy Unal, Sadie McAuley, Margret Bassett, Bella Wiese, Elizabeth Stewart, Avery Rose McKutchen, Adriana Peacock, Felicia Elliott, Emily Stokes, and Merrick Semans — all coached by our amazing instructors Jeanine Lovell, Kathryn Rodosky and Sondra Hodgson. On September 25th, our Little Bits Annual Fall Fun Charity Horse Show was a HUGE success! It was held at our Winston-Salem location – and with over 100 entries it was the largest Fun Show we have ever organized! Every single one of our adorable riders earned top ribbons, cheered on their teammates, hula hooped, ate tons of food from our concession stand and were the first to meet Cash Lovell Stables’ “glamorous” new mascot…Miss Lovellina! To top it off, Jake Butts had a grand ol’ time showing off his brand new 5-Gaited horse, “I’m Good” that his grandmother, Sharon Anderson, recently purchased for him. To the delight of the crowd, Jake showcased the talents of this fine American Saddlebred by trotting, cantering, slow-gaiting and racking up and down the rail. Congratulations, Jake! We are all looking forward to seeing the two of you together in the ring again this spring!
The proudest moment of our Charity Fun Show was when our Little Bits Youth Club was able to present the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a check for $6,000 — enough to make a child’s wish come true! This was a lofty goal, but our young riders worked hard to raise funds by doing such things as setting up beverage stands, mowing lawns, babysitting, washing cars and selling handmade jewelry. As Ms. Parker stated at the show, “To each of you who worked on behalf of the Little Bits and Make-A-Wish, I am truly thankful to you. Because of you, our children are learning to count their blessings, and BE blessings. What an amazing legacy for us all.”
Our youth club participated in another community service project this winter, The Festival of Trees. Between CLS’s raffle donations and a beautifully adorned Christmas tree we raised almost $900.00 for Wake Forest University’s Brenners Children’s Hospital! Our theme this year was “A Saddlebred Stampede!” At our November Lovell’s Little Bits meeting over 50 children helped CLS Barn Mom Emily Semans create hundreds of gorgeous handmade ornaments. Bright colors, beautiful decorations and a high bidder made our tree one of the first to be sold!
Cash Lovell Stables’ Annual Holiday Party had a turn-out of over 600 family and friends. Mechanical bulls, a country style breakfast, arts and crafts, dancing and a huge bouncy inflatable made it a enjoyable time for everyone. Speeches were made, our 2010 Academy Nationals Team was recognized, numerous awards were presented.
At the end of the party, Steve and Danielle Peacock gave their adorable daughter a Christmas present she will never forget. Amidst tears of joy and flashing cameras, the infamous CH Holy Fruit Salad entered the party with a huge silver and green bow around his neck — and was passed on to his new owner Adriana Peacock.
Another fan-favorite, CH Aces and Eights, was paired up with his new equitation academy star, Jozy Unal, in January. Jozy’s parents, John and Medge, and the whole CLS Barn Family are looking forward to seeing the two of them together in the ring this show season!