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For the week of October 16 - 22, 2002


Heavy medal

Sagebrush Arena team riders make off with the hardware at Special Olympics

Local riders got a chance to strut their stuff at the Idaho State Special Olympics in Boise, Oct. 4-6.

Sagebrush Arena in Hailey was represented by 10 equestrians, who collected a total of 27 medals against 142 participants from 17 teams across the Gem State.

Sagebrush captain Bobby Brashears relaxes with team horse, Camo


Shirrl Jones was a three-time gold medalist in Western Equitation, Pole Bending and Barrel Racing.

Grant Swindle was another triple-winner, with gold medals in Western Equitation, Working Trails and Team Relay.

Sheena Prock was a two-time gold medalist in Western Equitation and Working Trails, and was awarded the silver medal in Team Relay.

Abraham Krahn won the gold medal in Working Trails, and a pair of silver medals for his other two events.

Lacia Bravo won two golds in Working Trails and Western Horsemanship, and a bronze in Team Relay.

Team captain Bobby Brashears rode to gold and performed well enough to earn two silver medals, as well.

A medal of each color – gold, silver and bronze – went to Ben Doan in his events.

Kaitlin Gammon was awarded a silver medal and two bronze medals.

Lupe Velasco won gold, silver and rode to fifth place.

Javier Peinado was both a gold and silver medalist and also collected fifth place.

It was a giant weekend with not only the competition, but a big dance on Saturday night and housing at the Gowen Field barracks.

"Special Olympics provided housing, food, and transportation to the fairgrounds," said Kristy Pigeon of the Sagebrush Equine Training Center.

The Sagebrush support staff included Wendy Collins, Lisa Scales, Christie Barrett and Kelly Cole. Volunteers were Hugh Blue, Pam Goetz, Judy Grigsby, Jennifer Leibrum, Ariana Ward, Steve Campion, Terri Bravo, Nadine and Charlie McWilliams. The team’s uniforms were provided by Red Robin Hamburgers, Inc.



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