Talbot Special Riders holds memorial show
PRESTON — The Talbot Special Riders hosted the second annual Jaime Lee Hutchison Memorial at their headquarters at Timber Grove Farms Saturday, Nov. 17.
Talbot Special Riders lists their mission as an organization dedicated to building the confidence and self-esteem of individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Through the use of equine assisted activities, the group builds on these skills.
Saturday, riders competed in a couple separate classes of events, a barrel race and a course with trail obstacles. At noon Saturday, all riders were recognized for competing in the event with achievement awards.
Sandy King, who co-founded Talbot Special Riders with Josie Browne, said the organization has grown significantly since its creation.
“Then when we realized if we wanted to expand and be able to serve more people, like people affected by trauma, then we needed to go full-time,” King said.
King said the importance of riders participating in events like the Jaime Lee Hutchison Memorial show not only helped build riders’ confidence, but also helped build skills they would use throughout their lives.
“We teach them you know, go to a, then step b you know, so they can go out in the world and feel confident,” King said.
King said primarily, involvement with the special riders teaches kids skills they can use to get jobs and become self-sufficient.
“When you see these kids go out and be able to get a job and have a place in our society, that’s exciting,” King said.
The show, held in honor of rider Jaime Lee Hutchison, was a year removed from her passing after losing her battle with colon cancer in 2017. Jack Lewis, who emceed a short introduction Saturday, Nov. 17, said Hutchison always enjoyed the company of animals.
“She loved animals, but especially horses,” Lewis read. “She had to work hard to become a good rider and although it was challenging for her, she persevered.”
Lewis read about Hutchison’s special bond with her horse ‘Pistol,’ and said even when she wasn’t riding, Hutchison wanted to be around animals. With help from Talbot Special Riders Executive Director Kim Hopkins, Hutchison competed in horse shows and competitions.
Hutchison’s relationship with animals was therapeutic, much like other riders involved, Lewis read.
“The amazing part about therapeutic riding is that both the rider and the horse seem to benefit,” Lewis read. “Jaime learned about trust and gained confidence, while the horses she rode truly seemed to know that she was special.”
Lewis said Hutchison would have enjoyed being together with the riders Saturday, Nov. 17.
“Her spirit is with us, and we know that she feels the love being shared between parents and guardians, caregivers, riders, volunteers, friends and family, and of course our therapy horses,” Lewis read. “If Jaime could say something to you today, it would be ‘Thank you for remembering me and to tell you to continue to care about one another and for these special therapy horses.’”
A member of the Talbot Special Riders competes in the barrel race at the Jaime Lee Hutchinson Memorial horse show Saturday, Nov. 17.