Parents at equitation finals are more likely to be found behind the camera rather than as its subject, but at the Southeast Medal Finals, held Sept. 19-22 in Jacksonville, Fla., one class made sure those all-important horse show supporters got their chance in the limelight.
Organizers Bob Bell and James Lala added a new class to provide some good fun and comedic relief in between rounds of the Southeast Medal Finals: the Parent Lead Line Class.
Junior riders were encouraged to have a little fun and embarrass their parents for a good cause. All proceeds from the entry fees went to the show charity partner, Unbridled Warriors, which provides equine assisted services for military and first-responders.
“A member of our PR team, Mary Adelaide Brakenridge, came up with the concept,” said Lala. “We all loved the idea and ran with it. Everyone gathered around to watch the class. We laughed so hard we cried, especially when it came to awarding the creative categories. Don Stewart is such a great sport, and his sense of humor is infectious!”
The results of the class are as follows:
“Most Likely To File For Chapter 11” – Robbie Jackson
“Most Resembles Bob Bell” – Abbi Bendz
“Most Confident”- Caroline Ragan
“Most Likely To Turn Pro” – Lynne Kemp
“Bobby Braswell’s Twin, Separated At Birth?”- Jesus Villalon
“Most Likely To Wear A Lampshade At A Party”- Andrew Martin
“Most Likely That This Is Their Last Ride” – Trut Martin
“Most Likely To Have Just Returned From The Hamptons”- Jennifer Flanagan
One very special parent won in two categories:
“Most Embarrassing To Their Family And Barn”- Don Stewart
“Who Shouldn’t Turn Pro—There’s No Hope, No Chance For Success, No Way”- Don Stewart