Source: NorthFulton.com

2013 Georgia Special Olympians bring home equestrian medals

by Madison Thorburn-Gundlach

October 23, 2013

NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Stacey Edwards, founder of Special Equestrians of Georgia (SEG), had seven athletes compete in the 2013 Georgia Special Olympics equestrian event held at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville Oct. 11 – 13. Athletes Matthew Bak, Parr Burton, Dee Hopkins, Lauren Lange, Morgan Pierce, Jonathan Stander and Avery Williams competed in Western horsemanship and English equitation. They brought home three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

“When these children compete, it really is riding, not only for the mind and body, but the soul,” said Edwards. “The Special Olympics are a huge effort on everyone’s part, but so incredibly uplifting. It is a reward to not only the children competing but also the parents and the organizers.”

“This is the best day ever,” said Williams, a local resident that has been riding with SEG for nearly a year.