Cashlyn Teams With West Wind

Dear friends,
I dreaded the horse show. Too many hurtful reminders of times too few understand. But Cashlyn wanted to show. And very special friends had given her the opportunity.
So in Asheville last weekend, Cashlyn rode in a Saddlebred horse show, a year to the day after her Daddy died. It was her first time showing a gaited horse. It was the second time she had shown since her Walk and Trot days. It was the fourth time she had ridden Camille Cowart’s horse, or any gaited horse.
The ironies are many.
We borrowed a derby from Catie Hawley Phillips. Turns out, it was the derby that Catie had worn the first time she showed a horse for Cash all those years ago.
Cashlyn and Catie — Cash’s girls, showing together.

Catie grew up riding with Cash. Now, 10 years since she last showed, Catie rode her brother Chris’s horse, Callaway’s Reality Show, winning the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship.  Chris Hawley was two weeks old when he first came to CLS. He is 19 now, and he still takes lessons with us.  After all the years, the Hawley family and the Lovell family showed together again. This time, under the West Wind Stables banner.

Four-year-old Cashlyn with young Chris Hawley (who is now 19! And she’s 13!)
When Cashlyn was a little girl, Cash would point to Kim Cowart and tell Cashlyn, “You grow up and ride just like Kim.” Then he would joke, “Don’t ride like Peter. You ride like Kim!” Cash also openly chided Kim for not having more children. “You need to get you another baby when you’re old, like I did. Man it’s fun!”
Steve and Julia Joyce became Cashlyn’s adopted grandparents when they came to our barn to train horses after Cash’s dementia forced his retirement. The retired couple now helps Peter and Kim part-time. They told their West Wind friends about Cashlyn riding school horses, hunters and barrel racers. Kim asked if Cashlyn could come ride. Steve and Julia met us in Statesville a few weeks ago for the ride. Peter was hard on Cashlyn. She loved it. “He’s hard on me just like my Daddy was,” she said.

With Peter and Kim after the show, as Ms. Julia, proud surrogate grandmother, beams from behind.
That’s the backstory to how we got to the Asheville Lions Club Horse Show. We showed up with a used Becker Brother’s suit that, another irony, had belonged to a former student of Ellen Beard’s. Ellen and her Success in Saddles, is based at our barn. The circle closed when Cashlyn sent the video of her first ride to Ellen, who critiqued and coached via cell phone from home base.
I’m learning that God truly works strangely. I can’t help but believe that Cash weaseled his way next to God, as only Cash could, and masterminded this wondrous experience for Cashlyn.
As for me, my dread turned to an overwhelming sense of appreciative awe. So many people were so welcoming and kind. I was reminded of precious, happy times before the recent hurtful years.
One of Cash’s favorite sayings was, “You can’t whoop a lion unless you get in the cage with him.”  I will forever be thankful to the people who gave Cashlyn this opportunity, and to the many people who encouraged her as she climbed back in the cage.
All my best,
Parker

Ten CLS Riders named USEF High School Equestrian Athletes

Ten Cash Lovell Stables riders were recently named United States Equestrian Foundation High School Equestrian Athletes.

The riders are Caroline Anderson, Chanler Cook, Chris Hawley, Blair Huff, Heather Kolbiaz,  Sarah Musser, Meme Paige, Haley Rutledge, Ashley Stewart and Emily Stokes.

The USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines who are enrolled in grades 9-12, and are currently USEF members, or become USEF members. The program runs June 1–May 31 of each year, and honors those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding emblems and pins. These are designed to be worn on existing high school letterman’s jackets, or any jacket of the athlete’s choosing, as a symbol of achievement.

For more information about the USEF High School Equestrian Athletes program, click here.

Congratulations to our riders and thanks to CLS Mom extraordinaire, Kim Stewart, for assisting our USEF athletes.

highschoolathletes

First Horse Show Announced for 2014

The ASAC Winter Tournament is the first horse show of the year and it’s always fun and exciting.  Riders and families:  the sign up sheet for the Winter Tournament is now posted in the barn.

The ASAC Winter Tournament is held at Latta Park Plantation in Huntersville, NC.

If you have questions, just contact Sondra at the barn at ride@cashlovellstables.com.

Here are some pictures from the 2013 Winter Tournament.  Thanks, everyone!

Cash Lovell Will Host Its Annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7

cashlovellstableschristmaspartyinviteRiders and CLS families — get ready for one spectacular morning of fun!

The annual Cash Lovell Stables Christmas party will be held Saturday morning, December 7.  Hay rides! Tire swinging! Volleyball! Christmas carols! Cookie decorating!! Face painting!! DJ Dancing! And so much more!

Please bring a little breakfast nibble to share with your friends — and please bring canned good donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank! We’ll kickoff the holidays in festive, old-timey style with your friends and family from CLS!

Food-Bank-LogoTime: 10 am to 1 pm
Date: Saturday morning, Dec. 7
Where: At CLS of course!

See you there!

CLS will host a blood drive this Saturday, October 12

Blood DriveCash Lovell Stables will host a Red Cross Blood Drive this Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 am-2:30 pm at the barn. Giving blood saves lives — and we need you!
Click here to make an appointment to give blood at CLS’s Blood Drive. Enter CLS’s Zip code, 27127, and the date of Oct. 12. Our event will come up and you can click to register.
Some good news about giving blood from the Red Cross …

Benefits of Donating

  • It feels great to donate!
  • You get free juice and delicious Keebler® cookies.
  • It’s something you can spare  most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.
  • You will be someone’s hero  in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.
Volunteers to help us run the blood drive are needed! Remember, this event is a great way to rack up community service hours! Please email Parker to volunteer.

Fall Charity Fun Show Is a Big Success; Raises $2,000 for the School in Ghana

CLS' Fall Charity Fun Show raised $2,000 to go towards the barn's adopted school in Ghana.

CLS’ Fall Charity Fun Show raised $2,000 to go towards the barn’s adopted school in Ghana.

Cash Lovell Stables’ Fall Charity Fun Show, held Saturday, October 5, was a huge successful raising approximately $2,000. Seventy-five riders participated in the horse show and all proceeds from the event will go to the small school in Ghana, Africa that CLS has adopted.

CLS’s barn family has already installed water, basic lavatories, and a cook stove at the school. Parker Lovell says, “This year, we will work to dry in the school so that rain doesn’t destroy their books. We will build a little library, repair desks, install electricity and a computer. And we hope to figure out an internet access for the school. When we return home, the whole barn can Skype with our new friends!”

The Fall Charity Fun Show was organized by Cash Lovell Stables and their non-profit youth organization, Lovell’s Little Bits, a 501(c)(3) organization. CLS works with Kybele, an educational health organization, on the project.  CLS Barn Mom Medge Owen is the founder of Kybele.

The judge for the 2013 Fun Show was Myra Williams, from Heads Up Riding Academy in Apex, NC.

Support for the school in Ghana grew after several CLS staff members and riders flew to Africa in 2013 as part of a Thanksgiving Week Mission Trip.

Parker Lovell says, “The work we do in Ghana has two beneficiaries — the children there, and the children here.  During last year’s visit, children from both sides of the world had their perspectives widened, and their hearts and minds opened. That’s

Fall Fun Show Judge Myra Williams with Wilbur, who is sporting a lovely purple tutu. Many thanks to Ms. Williams!

Fall Fun Show Judge Myra Williams with Wilbur, who is sporting a lovely purple tutu. Many thanks to Ms. Williams!

why we decided to call our work in Ghana ‘The Bridge Project.’ If we bridge the world’s children, then as they become world leaders, they will embrace our ever-shrinking world with love and a greater appreciation for our wondrous humankind. One little school in Ghana, and one barn full of kids in America. Connecting them may not save the world. But it’s a start. Please join us!”

Highlights of the Fall Charity Fun Show included an appearance by Wilber, the barn pig, dressed in a lovely purple tutu.

Donations to Lovell’s Little Bits can be sent to:  Lovell’s Little Bits, c/o Cash Lovell Stables, 2915 Shetland Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27127.

Results from the Asheville Invitational Horse Show – July 19-20, 2013

CLS Academy Team Results: Asheville Invitational

Lily Foerster   
Class # — 82B 9&10 WT Equitation — 2nd
Class # — 85B 9&10 WT Showmanship — 2nd

Juliana Ortiz   
Class # — 83A 7&8 WT Equitation
Class # —  86A 7&8 WT Showmanship — 5th

Isabel Warren-Hicks   
Class # — 83B 7&8 WT Equitation — 5th
Class # — 86B 7&8 WT Showmanship — 5th

Katlyn Maser
Class # — 84B 6&U WT Equitation — 4th
Class # — 87B 6&U WT Showmanship — 4th

Claire Lewis
Class # — 67 14-17 WTC Equitation — 2nd
Class # — 72 14-17 WTC Showmanship — 5th

Laurin Mothershed  
Class # — 83B 7&8 WT Equitation — 3rd
Class # — 86B 7&8 WT Showmanship — 2nd

Elizabeth Stewart   
Class # — 83A 7&8 WT Equitation — 5th
Class # — 86A 7&8 WT Showmanship — 2nd

Avery Rose McCutchen   
Class # — 68 11-13 WTC Equitation — 1st
Class # — 73 11-13 WTC Showmanship — 1st

Sarah Musser   
Class # — 77 14-17 WT Equitation — 1st
Class # — 80 14-17 WT Showmanship — 1st

Haley Rutledge   
Class # — 67 14-17 WTC Equitation — 6th
Class # — 72 14-17 WTC Showmanship

Emma Grace Lovell   
Class # — 82B 9&10 WT Equitation — 1st
Class # — 85B 9&10 WT Showmanship — 1st

Willard Dodson    
Class # — 78A 11-13 WT Equitation — 4th
Class # — 81A 11-13 WT Showmanship — 1st

Ritter Dodson  
Class # –82A 9&10 WT Equitation — 4th
Class # — 85A    9&10 WT Showmanship — 2nd

Madelaine Seeber  
Class # — 82A 9&10 WT Equitation — 3rd
Class # — 85A 9&10 WT Showmanship — 5th

Blair Huff   
Class # — 67 14-17 WTC Equitation — 5th
Class # —  72    14-17 WTC Showmanship — 3rd

Stephanie Sanders  
Class # —  83A 7&8 WT Equitation — 2nd
Class # — 86A    7&8 WT Showmanship — 3rd

Allison MacLean  
Class # — 84A 6&U WT Equitation — 2nd
Class # — 87A 6&U WT Showmanship — 1st

Kim Stewart    
Class # — 66 Adult WTC Equitation — 3rd
Class # — 71 Adult WTC Showmanship — 2nd

Results from the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show – July 23-27, 2013

BlueRidgeLogo_09CLS Academy Team members had a great showing at the Blue Ridge Show which took place on July 23-27, 2013.  Here are the results:

Bobbie Hughes
Class # 223 — Adult WT Equitation — 1st
Class # 226 — Adult WT Showmanship — 2nd

Abby Dwiggins
Class # — 224 11-17 WT Equitation — 6th
Class # — 227 11-17 WT Showmanship — 7th

Michelle Cousineau
Class # — 2252 10&U WT Equitation — 5th
Class # — 2282 10&U WT Showmanship — 4th

Elizabeth Stewart
Class # — 2253 10&U WT Equitation — 3rd
Class # — 2283 10&U WT Showmanship — 2nd

Bella Wiese
Class # — 219 17&U WTC Equitation — 3rd
Class # — 222 17&U WTC Showmanship — 1st

Emma Grace Lovell
Class # — 2251 10&U WT Equitation — 1st
Class # — 2281 10&U WT Showmanship — 1st

Willard Dodson
Class # — 224 11-17 WT Equitation — 4th
Class # — 227 11-17 WT Showmanship — 5th

Ritter Dodson
Class # — 2251 10&U WT Equitation — 2nd
2281 10&U WT Showmanship — 3rd

Madelaine Seeber
Class # — 2251 10&U WT Equitation — 4th
Class # — 2281 10&U WT Showmanship — 6th

Stephanie Sanders
Class # — 2253 10&U WT Equitation — 5th
Class # — 2283 10&U WT Showmanship — 3rd

Emily Stokes
Class # — 219 17&U WTC Equitation — 1st
Class # — 222 17&U WTC Showmanship — 4th

Allison MacLean
Class # — 2253 10&U WT Equitation — 4th
Class # — 2283 10&U WT Showmanship — 4th

Kim Stewart
Class # — 218 18&Over WTC Equitation — 3rd
Class # — 221 18&Over WTC Showmanship — 2nd

Congratulations to all of our riders.  More results can be seen on the Blue Ridge Classic website at http://www.blueridgeclassic.com/.

CLS High School Athletes Awarded USEF Honors

CLS High School Equestrian Athletes

We are mighty proud of our award winning CLS High School Equestrian Athletes

Cash Lovell Stables is proud to recognize 11 high school aged riders who have received honors from the United States Equestrian Federation as part of The High School Equestrian Athlete program.

Riders Awarded One Star (1st Year of Participation)
Ashley Stewart:  Freshman at Forsyth Country Day School
Haley Rutledge:  Freshman at Parkland High School
Chris Hawley:  Freshman at Forsyth Country Day School
Chanler Cook:  Freshman at Paisley IB Magnet School

Riders Awarded Two Stars (2nd Year of Participation)
Sarah Musser:  Sophomore at Salem Academy
Meredith Paige:  Junior at West Forsyth High School
Blair Huff:  Sophomore at The Early College of Forsyth County

Riders Awarded Three Stars (3rd Year of Participation)
Emily Stokes:  Junior at Reagan High School
Caroline Anderson:  Junior at North Davidson High School

Riders Awarded Four Stars (4th Year of Participation)
Sydney Cearley:  Senior at Reagan High School
Kirsten Wright:  Senior at Wright Christian Academy

The High School Equestrian Athlete program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines who are enrolled in grades 9-12, and are currently United States Equestrian Federation members.  The program runs June 1-May 31 of each year, and honors those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding emblems and pins. These are designed to be worn on existing high school letterman’s jackets, or any jacket of the athlete’s choosing, as a symbol of achievement.

This is the third year in a row that Cash Lovell Stables has participated in this prestigious program.

To find out more about the USEF High School Athlete Program, click here or contact CLS’s High School Athlete Coordinator, Kim Stewart, at kimstewart123@gmail.com.

Congratulations to all of our high school athletes!