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Alpharetta GA USA May 28, 2001

 The STRIDES to 2004 event at Chastain Horse Park  on May 12 was great fun for all.  We had a beautiful day, good food, good friends, and a great show.  Thank you to all who helped with the event!
arena pack up at Applewood
We took the dressage arena from Applewood...
arena set up at Chastain
and set it up in the Chastain arena. 
Chastain Balcony
We set up our sound system on the balcony.
 Immediately after the STRIDES show at Chastain Horse Park, Michelle went to Germany to work out the final arrangements to ship her new stallion, "World of Dreams" to the USA.
Dreamer & Kristi
Michelle's groom Kristi Livingston rode with him in the cargo plane to make sure he had a safe trip.  He arrived in New York and now is in a special quarantine facility in Virginia where he will stay for about 4 weeks. 

At the Greater Atlanta Dressage Southern Show the following weekend, a delegation apparently from Athens, Greece paid a surprise visit to the show grounds. Grecians
Closer inspection revealed them to be Applewood Foundation volunteers dressed in toga.

Applewood Foundation has selected Michelle Gibson as a beneficiary of its support and is proud to announce that it has sponsored the transport of "World of Dreams" to the USA. Click here to see  how  you can help too.     .....Brad Thatcher
"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Joy is not in things; it is in us."
 - Benjamin Franklin
"I hope I shall follow firmness of virtue enough to maintain that I consider the most enviable of all titles - the character of an honest man."
- George Washington
"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office." - Dwight David Eisenhower
 "Rotten wood cannot be carved."
 - Chinese Proverb
 "Men who never get carried away should be."
 - Malcolm Forbes
 "The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the falseness of the treacherous will destroy them." - Proverbs 11:3
 "Truth never damages a cause that is just."
 - Mohandas Gandhi
 "To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself." - Soren Kierkegaard
 Special thanks to the AHSA's Sherry Frank for coming all the way from Kentucky just to be our announcer and provide the technical narratives of the dressage rides.   Sherry Frank
We had 4 riders in the riding exhibition. Megan Garst who came in from Minnesota to perform the first ride on Dagobert, Karen Lipp on Wurlitzer, Courtney Raiser's musical freestyle on Our Conversation, and Michelle's musical freestyle on Douwe. The Chastain therapeutic riders then gave a series of demonstration rides.  All in all, it was a great show, with people stopping on the street to watch through the fence.
Michelle on Douwe
Michelle Gibson on Douwe does a warm up lap...
Michelle poses with fans
After the show, Michelle signed autographs and posed for photos with fans.

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