Sherri's sister Dawn, her husband Jesse, and daughter Raychel were also there for the week. We visited with Dawn & Sherri's mom, Donna, Sherri's son Austin and her fiance Kevin. It was a great week of family fun and getting to know lots of good people who have been Sherri's support group over the last year.
Sherri is the owner of S & S Equestrian Stables in Cumming. A horse farm on 31 acres of beautiful Georgia countryside where she provides English & western riding instruction, specializing in barrel racing. Sherri & Dawn have been riding horses since before they could walk. Both have been champion barrel racers although Dawn hasn't ridden in several years. But you couldn't tell by the way she rode that week. Dawn competed in the adult and open classes of the race and took third place in one of the divisions.
The race was on a Saturday and the Friday night before we had a horseshoe tournament and barbecue. Here are some photos from the week.....there's a lot of them. I hope you enjoy.
NOTE: For those of you who are unfamiliar with barrel racing, and that included me, the average time the riders take to enter the arena, clear the three barrels and exit is about 15-17 seconds. The winning time for this race was 15.095 seconds. Not a sport for a new rider!
Here are Jim's daughters, Dawn and Sherri. Here's Sherri and Kevin. What a great team they make. Both hard workers and devoted to each other.
Paul grew up on a farm. He said being at Sherri's that week brought back memories of his childhood. He totally enjoyed it all.
Here's Donna and Austin.
Cupcake the Pony all dressed up for the prom.
Sherri and Dawn along with some of the other riders waiting for their exhibition rides.
There were many trailers there for the race with dozens of horses. This beauty caught my eye.
Paul and I were amazed at the work and organization that went into planning the show. Paul said Sherri put the Energizer Bunny to shame. Here she is on her cell no doubt coordinating something.
More riders waiting to race.
Looks like somebody's getting a new pair of shoes.
Dawn and Raychel.
Here's Sherri on Buddy. Her friends told me she and this horse are One.
Raychel kept busy shuttling people around with the Gator. Here she is with her dad, Jesse.
Dawn and Raychel.
Donna worked the food concession stand that raised lots of money.
I had to get involved with the money! Here I am with Sherri in the booth counting out the prize money. Nearly $4000 in prize money was awarded.
The arena has to be dragged after every fifth rider. Kevin must have had saddle sores from sitting on that tractor all day.
Here's Dawn on Heifer the horse not a cow. Doesn't look like she hasn't been on a horse in 5 years.
Another of Dawn's runs. I guess you don't forget.
Here's Sherri on Buddy.
Winner of the James Soares Memorial Barrel Race for the 2nd year in a row, Terri Alexander. More than 125 riders raced that day and $1500 was raised for the hospital.
Paul and I look forward to being there next year.