by Lisa Reynolds
Silk Hope, NC – On Saturday, June 13, something amazing took place in the Silk Hope Heritage Farm Park area. Something even close by neighbors may not have been aware of. The excitement was high! Ponies and riders alike were energetic and ready to compete. Volunteers were manning all the stations and keeping everyone safe. Staff were scurrying around like ants. The third annual NO LIMITS horse show was a grand victory for all.
The participants of CAN-TR’s annual No Limits Horse Show made accomplishments in their lives that will inspire them to reach for the stars. It is about what they CAN do. The smiles on their faces, the genuine laughter, and the pride they exuded were life changing! Not only for them but for the volunteers, parents and community spectators.
Why is it called a “NO LIMITS” horse show? All participants are invited to enter any of the 33 classes that were available no matter what level of support they need to compete. Riders with and without disabilities all compete together. Traditional horse shows have one lead line class for up to age 8 that allows the rider to have someone with them as they compete. The judge will usually give everyone in that class a ribbon for competing. At the NO LIMITS horse show, which is a fundraiser for CAN-TR, many of the riders have physical disabilities that require additional support.
For example, Christian is an 8 year old who has cerebral palsy. He needs two sidewalkers and a horse handler to compete safely. But compete he did! Christian participated in most of the morning classes alongside his able-bodied peers. Ribbons were awarded to the top 6 riders in each class and he went home beaming with many ribbons! Anastasia Evans also participated in the morning classes. Her mother, grandmother and great grandmother were all there to cheer her success! Becky and Brent Scarlett of Scarlett Mobile Vet, Asheboro, brought their two children Caroline and Jonathan to compete. Jonathan, 5, competed on Blyer who is a 30 year old Icelandic horse from CAN-TR. Becky works hard with the staff at CAN-TR to keep all the horses in tip top shape.
To pull off such a big event, many volunteers are needed. The staff at CAN-TR began planning several months in advance. The community responded with their time and their money. Cathy Jones of Chapel Hill, a sanctioned judge, has donated her services for all three years. Sam White of Pittsboro has never missed a show and eagerly came out of retirement to announce. Girl Scouts from Troop 54 volunteered at the event. Eden Priddle, Laci Burt, Mollee Usher, Lana Dixon and Toni Dixon spent part of their first Saturday of summer vacation volunteering at the show. Staff from the Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding program in Greenville NC also arrived bringing trained horses, horse handlers and sidewalkers to help.
Community sponsors were many. Staci Dorr of Cary, an orthotist from Level 4 who works with many of the children that participated, sponsored two classes. She attended the show to cheer on the participants and awarded the winning ribbons for her two classes. Chatham County Farm Bureau and Heirloom Homes were both red ribbon sponsors. Other sponsors included Silk Hope Ruritans, Anthem Strategical, Karen Davidson, Attorney, Paperback Plus, Ravenhill Kennel and Welsh Ponies, The Journey Church, Lorraine Moretti, Fox General Contracting, Jamie Dunn, Shellie and Ellen Rothman,
The best part about the No Limits Horse Show is that it brings the community together as a whole to create contagious smiles from all who are a part of it. We are thankful for the support that was given in all different ways and for the memories created not only for our students but for us as well. That is irreplaceable.
CAN-TR is a recognized 501C3, serving our community since 2010.
FMI: Visit www.can-tr.org or e-mail or call 919-883-1766. Volunteers, visitors and investors are always welcome.
3186 Siler City Snow Camp Road, Siler City NC 27344