On March 3 the show team for Southern Legacy Stables attended the American Saddle Horse Association of Georgia’s annual banquet held in Peachtree City and received 19 state high point awards and two national awards from the American Saddle Horse Association.
Caitlin Jarriel was named the high point trainer for the ASHAG for the third consecutive year.
Caitlin’s husband, Chris Jarriel, was named the Frank Kennedy Humanitarian of the Year along with horseman Justin Davis for their efforts to assist in the emergency relief during both Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.
Barn owner Caitlin Jarriel took over the operations of Dixie Stables in 2015 from her riding instructor, Lynn Pace.
Jarriel started riding with Pace at the age of 13. She has ridden for many barns across Georgia, including Patricia Garbutt of Jesup at Wildwood Stables. Jarriel began riding at the same barn as Pace and Garbutt, Sea Island Stables.
Jarriel has always looked up to these horse women and desired to carry on the legacy of training horses and instructing aspiring riders.
On Jan. 1, 2015, she opened the barn as Southern Legacy Stables and located at Dixie Stables in Allenhurst.
Since the start of the barn, Jarriel’s riders have excelled on a local, regional, and national level. Jarriel has been riding and showing American saddlebreds for more than 25 years.
She captured numerous awards and blue ribbons as a juvenile exhibitor before attending college at Mercer University.
She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in international business and economics before starting her masters in business administration at Georgia Southern University.
While obtaining her MBA, Jarriel worked as the risk management officer for The Heritage Bank.
"Starting SLS has been a dream come true," Jarriel said. "I am beyond blessed to be working with a talented group of riders and horses!"
List of 2017 ASHAG Award Winners
Erika Ward of Hortense: ASHAG Adult Equitation Reserve High Point Champion, ASHAG Hunter Equitation High Point Champion (tie)
Simply Nanette and Samantha Nelson of Midway:
ASHAG Country Pleasure Juvenile High Point Champion
ASHA Regional Country Pleasure Juvenile High Point Champion
ASHA State Pleasure Horse, Juvenile Country Pleasure State Champion
Lily Darsey of Hinesville:
ASHAG Equitation 14-17 Reserve High Point Champion
Guinness and Madison Burriss of Hinesville:
ASHAG Show Pleasure Reserve High Point Champion
Emily Egner of Hinesville:
ASHAG Equitation 13 & Under High Point Champion
ASHAG Hunter Equitation Reserve High Point Champion (tie)
Anna Beasley of Darien:
WTC Equitation High Point Champion
WTC Showmanship High Point Champion
WTC Championship High Point Champion, rRiding as an 11 year old)
Amy Nutting of Ludowici:
WTC Equitation Reserve High Point Champion
WTC Showmanship Reserve High Point Champion
Laynee Thurmon of Jesup:
WTC Championship Reserve High Point Champion
Virginia Sue Nutting of Ludowici:
WT 9-10 Year Old Equitation High Point Champion
WT 9-10 Year Old Showmanship High Point Champion
WT Championship High Point Champion (All Ages)
(Riding as a 9 year old)
Grace Pyon of Hinesville:
WT Adult Equitation High Point Champion
WT Adult Showmanship High Point Champion
Makenzie Waldo of Jesup:
Leadline WT Reserve High Point Champion