Over 40 riders took part in the Sixth Annual Parkside Stables Horses Show, benefiting local non-profit Serenity Equestrian Rescue and Rehabilitation. Organized for the fifth year running, by Olivia Brandon, the show encourages Parkside’s younger and beginner riders to experience the ins and outs of real competition on a smaller scale.
It’s rather daunting to go to a horse show for the first time. With the annual Parkside horse show, we try to give newcomers the horse show experience – without any of the pressure!— Olivia
Olivia makes sure that there are fun classes for the more experienced riders, as well. Equitation and Hunter classes are featured, along with some fun with the “Dollar Bill Class and “Pairs Class”. The final event is the prestigious Hunter Derby, won this year by Elena Conte riding her mare, Shalom Moon River.
Giving back to the community is key for Parkside riders, and over the past six years, the annual horse show has donated over ($30,000) to charities that either rescue horses or support disadvantaged youth through interaction with horses.
This year’s beneficiary, Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, promotes the humane and responsible treatment of horses, and its mission is multifaceted: rescue, rehabilitation, education and healing.
Featuring a pizza lunch and a presentation from Serenity, it was a wonderful day at home for Parkside clients new, developing and established. As the event came to a close, Nora summed it all up; “We have a fantastic community here at Parkside. Fun, competitive, supportive – joining together to give back. What an amazing day!”