Behind the Scenes at Special Olympics

Special Olympics 2013

Thomas Blackwell, Stephanie Hindman, Natalea Watkins and Kenzie Hindman making sure the right riders, horses and shirts are ready to compete in nearly 40 events.

You can read all about Turning Point’s medals at Special Olympics in the 2012 Year End Newsletter but this picture gives you an idea of all the “behind the scenes coordination it takes to make it happen.  Meanwhile Carson worked on his iPad when he wasn’t riding, Sarah was our youngest competitor and won her first medal but was ready to ride out of the arena on Dad’s shoulder and Ryan was thrilled with his participation ribbon.

Darin, Darrius, Chelsea and Sam worked nearly 12 hours to make sure our riders and horses had a great experience
Darin, Darrius, Chelsea and Sam worked nearly 12 hours to make sure our riders and horses had a great experience

Special Olympics is always a highlight of our year for riders, parents, volunteers and most of our horses.   Several of them weren’t thrilled with the “Slumber Party” in the Expo Center barn the night before.

Our horses  definitely prefer the Turning Point pasture even though Kenzie, Callie  and Camille did a great job of tucking eight of them in on Friday night.

Here's Chiquita happily munching hay.

Here’s Chiquita happily munching hay.