Our VCMHC Youth are very competitive and continue to earn high point and Youth of the Year awards at major shows in our region, as well as nationally. Our own Rebecca Jones is the current President of the AMHAY organization. She is featured on our home page driving her mare, LCS Miracle, at the prestigious Walnut Hill driving competition.
This year Abbey Lockhart was the recipient of the Cynthia Epperson Outstanding Youth Award presented at the 2014 Southern States Regional Show.
Her love of horses started when she was around 3 years of age when, she would venture across the backyard to meet a couple of her very first friends – Mama horse and Baby horse. From those early days of sharing apples and carrots, to her first lessons with Ken and Dini Swanson at Tara Farm when she was in the 4th grade, to now showing her very own horse – Hello Kitty, Abbey’s love of horses continues to help her grow and to become a beautiful young lady.
Her thoughtfulness, positive attitude, confidence, initiative, and a graceful elegance beyond her years have all been enhanced to a great extent by her love of horses and by her dear horse friends in and around Tara Farm. These characteristics have helped her in so many areas of her young life such as: Violin Concert Master in the school orchestra, accomplished pianist, 4-year Varsity Softball and USEF Equestrian Letter Winner, Presidential Community Service Award winner, and honor roll recognition. This spring she will be graduating high school and attending Wake Forest University this fall. As part of her senior year requirements, she elected to intern with Liz Holmes to assist in whatever may have been asked for helping to manage this year’s Southern States show. No matter the request or the task, she always did her best and always with her beautiful smile. This year’s award goes to Abbey Lockhart.