The 2nd Annual Golden Isles Riding Academy Charity Horse Show will be held March 1, 2014, 9am EST in Brunswick, Ga. The UPHA (United Professional Horse Association) is the benefactor of this year’s event with 100% of the proceeds from the Show going directly to the UPHA. This year’s Show will not only include a very competitive class schedule but several fund raising horsemanship classes, sponsorship opportunities and a noon luncheon buffet to encourage spectator participation and increase the amount of the UPHA donation. Some of the competitive fund raising horsemanship classes include walk/trot and walk/trot/canter “ride-a-buck” classes for riders of all ages. Participants are encouraged to get donations from friends and family which they must submit prior to the class. “Being the newest barn in Georgia, I am hoping to wow everyone with a substantial donation” says Kelli Jordan owner of Golden Isles Riding Academy.
In business for only two years, Jordan’s motto “From Beginners to Show Ring Winners” has proven to be very prophetic. At this year’s 2013 ASHAG (American Saddlebred Horse Association of Georgia) Banquet, held in Macon, Georgia, six riders from Golden Isles Riding Academy, all between the ages of 8 and 10 years of age, were honored with ASHAG’s coveted High Point Winners Awards. In Academy 9-10 Walk/Trot Equitation and Walk/Trot Showmanship Class Alex Lawrence place second, Lily Seeman, placed third and Maggie Racynski placed fifth. In the 8 and under Academy Walk/Trot Equitation and Walk/Trot Showmanship Classes, Brooklynn Kapella placed first, Amalia Hanley placed second and Charlotte Truett placed fifth. In the Academy Walk/Trot Championship all Ages for the State of Georgia, 8 year old Brooklynn Kapella placed second.
Kapella, daughter of Jamie Kapella and Granddaughter of Theresa Kappela of Brunswick, Ga., a second grader at CB Greer Elementary School in Brunswick, when asked about her awards and accomplishments this year, said “I really like riding and I am proud of myself because I set a goal and I achieved it. I really wanted to win these awards this year. I like winning awards. I became a very good rider because of my trainer Kelli Jordan. She spends a lot of time with me and helps me improve myself.“ Quite an accomplishment considering the Academy Division in competitions across the state have experienced the largest amount of growth over the past few years. Chan Sutton, from Brunswick, Ga and Show Chairman for the Georgia State Fair ASB Show has stated, “the depth of the competition in all shows is still very good, especially in the academy classes.” As Jordan consistently says to her riders, “to be the best, you have to work harder than the rest!” The hard work has certainly paid off for these young equestrians.
Kelli Jordan and her staff at Golden Isles Riding Academy are putting together a Charity show that will not only kick off the 2014 Show Season with competitive classes but create a fun and festive atmosphere for both rider and spectator. Visit www.goldenislesridingacademy.com for further information about this year’s show.