Tal­bot Spe­cial Riders holds memo­rial show

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

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.’”

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

A mem­ber of the Tal­bot Spe­cial Riders com­petes in the bar­rel race at the Jaime Lee Hutchin­son Memo­rial horse show Satur­day, Nov. 17.

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