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May 14, 2014

Climbing Jacobs’ Ladder

Youth accept the challenge to ride

HAHIRA — Thirty-seven riders attended the annual horse show this past weekend at Jacobs’ Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center.

Two other centers attended the show. Hands & Hearts for Horses of Thomasville brought two horses for 10 riders. Six Colquitt County High School Special Olympics team members participated on two horses, said Leslie Jacobs of Jacobs’ Ladder.

Tim Hall of Ray City judged the horse show. Six participants were awarded ribbons for their showmanship skills, as they walked alongside their horses before the judge.

Jacobs’ Ladder introduces riding to community members who were previously unable to ride due to physical or mental disabilities.

All riders were judged in equitation and trail classes. Many blue ribbons were awarded. As with past Jacobs’ Ladder shows, all riders were eligible to compete in the day’s activities.

“Showing is never required, but we feel it is a good incentive for our riders to have goals they can reach,” Jacobs says. “All riders earn a ribbon in their class. No one is ever disqualified; we want everyone to walk away feeling good about themselves.”

Eleven Jacobs’ Ladder volunteers assisted in all aspects of the event. New volunteers are welcome. More information: Call (229) 794-1188. Those interested in enrolling for summer camp should also call for an application.

There will be a Moody Appreciation Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Reservations required.

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