Inspiration Ranch Client Wins Top Rider Award at HLSR Top Hands Horse Show


MAGNOLIA, TX — Last week at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Top Hands Horse Show, Inspiration Ranch customer Cadie Darnell received the Marissa Uribe Top Rider Award from the Rodeo’s Special Children’s Committee. This award is given to a competitor with extraordinary determination, heart and spirit.

Cadie Darnell is honored for her extraordinary determination, heart and spirit

“We totally agree with the Children’s Special Committee’s choice,” says Inspiration Ranch Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Kellie Bogardus, “Cadie motivates us and her fellow riders every week. »

Cadie has been riding at Inspiration Ranch since 2017 and has competed in several Top Hands horse shows. She rides weekly in a group session with her friends Mia and Amber, with whom she showed on Top Hands this year. Each week, the girls work side by side to learn skills, push each other to achieve more, and grow their friendship.

Therapeutic horseback riding helps Inspiration Ranch clients develop core strength, leg muscles, hand-eye coordination, improve lung strength, increase social and emotional skills, and develop cognitive functions. Cadie has benefited from many of these results over the years. The benefits of therapeutic riding, along with her determination and strength of spirit, have helped her accomplish a lot on horseback and on foot.

The Top Rider award honors Marissa Uribe, the daughter of one of the members of the Special Committee for Children. Each year the committee takes the time to speak with the staff of each program that brings competitors and to get to know the individual runners. They then choose a Top Hands entrant to honor with the prize. After talking to Bogardus about Cadie, they felt she represented everything the award represents through her resolve to never give up and never give up.

“Cadie’s tenacity and positive spirit keeps her going, but it also motivates more timid runners,” says Bogardus, “they look at her and decide they’d like to keep trying too.”

Cadie’s response to every challenge thrown before her on the ride is, “I’ll try!” She and Bogardus often talk about the importance of the word “again” and how “again” turns limits into possibilities if we keep trying. Cadie takes this concept to heart and uses it to help herself and her fellow cyclists achieve more.

Inspiration Ranch thanks the Special Children’s Committee and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for recognizing Cadie and giving its customers and riders from 20 other programs the chance to compete at Top Hands each year. The committee strives to create a true horse show experience for the riders over the two show days, and it is an exceptional experience for everyone involved.


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