Bridles & Brunch, our TTEA special athletes fundraiser and fun-day was held on November 26th, 2017 at San Antonio Stables.
It was a spectacular Sunday as we celebrated our special athletes from our TTEA programs with The Princess Elizabeth Centre and The Cascade School for the Deaf held at both Saddle Valley and San Antonio Stables every week! The kids were ecstatic as they competed in two Dressage test events and 7 other fun events such as capture the flag and pole bending. It was a phenomenal feeling seeing the proud parents, family and friends cheer on the kids as they competed and enjoyed a fun-filled day!
There was also some amazing face painting done by Karen Stollmeyer and her Band of Merry Face Painters. The kids were in awe with the final competition of the day, as they watched an exhilarating show-stopping “chase me Charlie” jumping competition with the coaches and a few experienced riders. The day ended with a heartwarming prize-giving ceremony as each kid collected their ribbons with big smiles of joy and pride with rousing cheers and applause from the audience.
The TTEA would like to send special thanks and appreciation to all who made this day a success for our special athletes:
Our gracious hosts Peter, Chancy, Sandhya Moll and the San Antonio Stables staff. Anja Taylor, Kemlyn Gower-Allum and all the volunteers from Saddle Valley Stables. Judges Sara McCartney and Melanie Waddell, event master of ceremonies retired Inspector Errol Grant. Natalie Rapier, Alicia Eiffel, Ian and Leona Benjamin, Rhonda Aaron and Gia Borely, Gabriella Dinnoo and Friends of the Mounted Branch and the many side walkers and volunteers. Karen Stollmeyer and her Band of Merry Face Painters. Caterers Tony and Lucille, Norman Sabga Aboud for the High energy Doughnuts,
Rhonda’s coconut bakes, yummy cupcakes, butter cookies and delicious puffs. Avatars Ambulance Services for generously giving their services free of charge. Thank you to Sandhya Moll for the use of all her beautiful horses free of charge and to the horses for taking great care of the kids.
Thanks to our sponsors for supporting our TTEA Riding program: Coca Cola, Scotia Bank, Massy Foundation, Ministry of Sport and our parent body FEI.
Thanks to all members, family, friends, teachers, coaches, parents, our special athletes and all participants for making this a memorable day!