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Liberty equestrians ride to 16 first place ribbons
Riders from Liberty County won 16 first place ribbons at the Spring Dixie Cup Horse Show in Conyers. - photo by Provided
Liberty County equestrians rode to 16 first place ribbons at the annual Spring Dixie Cup Horse Show in Conyers from May 3-5 at the Georgia International Horse Park.
They also placed in every event participated in during the show. Classes were saddle seat, hunt seat, western pleasure, roadsters, hunt seat equitation, saddle seat equitation and friesians.
More than 30 barns participated, featuring more than 100 riders and 150 horses. Liberty County riders represented Southern Legacy Stables in Allenhurst and Pine Haven Stables in Brunswick.
Southern Legacy riders brought home seven first place ribbons, including four won by Virginia Nutting, continuing her spring show winning streak in open English pleasure, saddle seat and SS equitation 12 and under, and pleasure riding on Olivet, a chestnut American saddlebred.
Also finishing with a victory in hunter country pleasure open was Amy Nutting.
Riding for Pine Haven Stables, Bunny Braun, a senior at First Presbyterian Christian Academy, and Elizabeth Rogers, a freshman at Liberty County High School, and Bobbie McDonald, a junior at Coastal Community College, brought home ribbons riding in the performance division.
Braun, riding He’s Heaven Sent, won the SESHA saddle seat medallion and equitation saddle seat adult championship. Rogers, riding Crocodile Rock, won the open English pleasure novice rider class. MacDonald, riding Charming Dreamer, placed in the ASB five gaited show pleasure stakes.

Both stables will participate in the upcoming Lexington Jr. League Championships, which is the first leg of the American Saddlebred Triple Crown. It will be held July 9-14 at the Kentucky Horse Parks Rolex Arena.