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in English Equitation at area Special Olympics. Photo: Kathy Bigelow
HOUSTON - Congratulations are in order for SIRE's equestrian competitors in the Special Olympics this month. In Area 6, several clubs met at the Lone Star Cowboy Church in Montgomery, Texas. Kim Richards, mother of competitor Katherine Richards, says it was a "beautiful venue and the athletes had a great time." For Area 22, the Richmond State Supported Living Center hosted several more clubs in Special Olympics equestrian competition also in April.
At each arena, the clubs brought their horses and riders and competed in such diverse events as showmanship, barrel racing, trail, western equitation and English equitation. "The balance, the stability and the right communication between the horse and the rider is a key element for success in equestrian sport," according to the Special Olympics organizers.
SIRE's Hockley and Spring locations brought 24 riders to the competition in Montgomery. Together, these riders brought home 35 medals; 11 gold, 11 silver, and 14 bronze. In Richmond, SIRE's six riders celebrated being awarded 18 medals total; 8 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze.