Superstar Horse Show 2014 SUPERSTAR Student Horse Show

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For a third year, SMILES clients, their families and friends gathered to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our riders.


 The SMILES Superstar Horse show provides an opportunity for the clients to compete, show before a judge, and receive both a ribbon and a trophy for the skills that they have developed. The clients have been preparing and practicing their skills well in advance of this day, during their riding classes. Hosting the Superstar Horse show at the SMILES facility also allows the public to join us in an Open House, and provides an opportunity to meet our staff, volunteers, and therapy horses. The show is also a fundraiser, and pledges that are raised by the horse show participants benefit the Sherry Monty Scholarship fund. This year, clients raised over $7,000.  


 Winners of the pledge drive competition include:


Brianna Engleman (over $500) who won a riding helmet

Geoff Sugdeon (over $750) who won a SMILES jacket

Emma Caputo (over $1000) who won one free session of Therapeutic Riding


The winning t-shirt design (which included the Sensory Trail and hanging ‘noodles’) was created by Kaitlyn Jolly, congratulations Kaitlyn!


We also thank our guest judge for the event, Dr. Chelsea Luedke and Dr. Bret Luedke who served as our announcer (both, from Elkhorn Vet Clinic).


Photos from this competition can be viewed (and purchased), courtesy of Bob Mischka, at his website:


Returning once again as t-shirt sponsor of this special event is Bridlewood Equestrian Center, Thank You!



 We also recognize the efforts of Eagle Scout Candidate Nick Dixon who led a group of volunteers in building our horse show trophies for the day.

And please remember to thank the many volunteers who made the SMILES Superstar Horse Show possible!  From the ‘Spa Day’ preparations on Friday, to the food booth and parking lot attendants, side walkers, leaders, and more.  Hundreds of hours of time were donated by our volunteers to make this event possible.