Chisholm Challenge 2023

By Dan Roark

The New Hope family hopes everyone had a heartfelt and sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner with family. With Thanksgiving week behind us, things are picking back up – including the blog.

I took a pause while writing this and went to the store. I automatically started to turn toward New Hope. Even our vehicles are ready to get back in the swing of things.

Lessons start back tonight. Members of the drill team for Chisholm Challenge came out on Saturday to get a jump on things – more to come.

On to Chisholm Challenge:  As I mentioned before the Thanksgiving break, Monday, January 8,  at Chisholm is the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) sanctioned show.  The events include: Reining, Western Pleasure, Walk, Trot and Canter Hunt Seat and Western Equitation and Walk, Jog and Lope Trail Class and Showmanship.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 9th and 10th, approximately 200 equestrians with disabilities representing each therapeutic horseback riding center will compete in Chisholm Challenge events. All Star Equestrian, Amy’s Wish for Wings, Born 2 Be, Equest, ManeGait, New Hope, Stable Strides, Stars and Strides,  Texas Therapeutic Riding Center, Victory, and Wings of Hope had participating riders this past Chisholm Challenge.

Chisholm Challenge events will include English Equitation, Western Equitation, Ranch Riding, Showmanship at Halter, Barrels, Pole Bending, Driving, and Working Trail. The drill team demonstration from several centers and their exhibitors will perform a special exhibition at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Next week – the individual events in more detail.

Ride on and ride for hope.

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