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Peacock Hill’s Loubella Farms at Special Olympics World Games

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Astrid Barahona of Guatemala won a Bronze medal in English Equitation at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, July 29, 2015.

The Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this summer was host to more than 130 equestrian athletes from 27 countries, and Peacock Hill was happy to help host them, via its very talented trainer Susan Pruitt and her Loubella Farms. Pruitt rose to the occasion, as event organizers called on the local equestrian community to lend their horses and expertise to the talented competitors who traveled to our fair city for this prestigious international competition.

In all, 86 horses were selected from hundreds that were ¬†offered-up by everything from therapeutic riding programs to renowned dressage barns throughout Northern and Southern California. Three horses from Loubella Farms at Peacock Hill helped their riders collect a passel of medals, while Pruitt herself was honored to serve as one of only four Master Horse’s Assistants on staff. All horses, tack and handlers donated their time and skills for 10 days.

It was a challenge for Pruitt, as the international riders spoke 16 different languages. Luckily the language of communicating to the horses is internationally understood, and Loubella’s spirited mounts got the message loud and clear! They competed very successfully in four disciplines: equitation, trail, dressage and team relay. Sooter won one Gold and two Silver medals. Chester won one Gold and one Silver, and Sol swept up one Silver and two Bronze. Quite a haul! Eight medals in all!

Peacock Hill extends its congratulations for outstanding sportsmanship on the part of Susan Pruitt and Loubella Farms at this historic event, which competition took place July 28-Aug. 1, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. We couldn’t be more proud! Click here to read more about the SOWG.

Lessons with Susan are available by calling 323-377-6308 or emailing SusanSPruitt@aol.com.

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Astrid Barahoma proudly displays her Bronze medal.

 

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Susan Pruitt with the Malaysian team.

 

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Sonya Mahrhauser, of Austria, rode Chester to the Silver medal in Dressage.

 

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Scooter and the team from Guatemala

 

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France’s Alexandre Gau and Sol won Silver medals in Equitation and Horse Matching and Bronze medals in Dressage and Working Trails.