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The South Texas Appaloosa Breeders of San Antonio hosted the 14th Annual Inclusive Riding event at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition for during the Appaloosa Horse Show Feb. 17, 2007.

The R.O.P.E.R (Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders) Special Olympics Equestrian Team, showed off their riding skills by completing an obstacle course. Sherri Mell, Cowgirl Hall of Famer soon to be inducted into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame, coaches the R.O.P.E.R athletes, and prepares them for events such as Inclusive Riding.

R.O.P.E.R athletes were honored after the competition with multiple gifts and goodies from various organizations.

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) became a part of Inclusive riding for the first time by sending goodie bags for each participant. The packages contained DVDs, medallions, magazines and a stuffed Appaloosa Horse, along with certificates. The South Texas Appaloosa Breeders provided blue ribbons, and each athlete received San Antonio Stock and Rodeo posters and bumper stickers.

Michael Aguilar, A level athlete and captain of the R.O.P.E.R, team received a buckle following the event.

Debbie Letham, an Appaloosa Horse Show judge and ApHC director, presented the special awards to the athletes.

Horses who participated in this year’s event included—Dubs Charge, Dubs Poco Roper, Genuine Lil Judi (owned by Sherri Mell and Suzanne Koch), Lucky (owned by Morgan and Linda Harper) and Roanie (owned by Krystal Favor).

Thanks go out to all of the volunteers who led, assisted and set up the pattern, Gary Weers who voiced the announcements at the event.

1 Comment

  1. sherri mell Said,

    March 18, 2007 @ 7:11 am

    Steve;
    Thanks for posting this, very nice! Some of the ROPER team riders use their own computer and will enjoy seeing this on the internet! Debby Letham was so gracious to be there for the opportunity to award these individuals their prizes! The ApHC was wonderful as they sent all of the special little goodies!

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