We’ve had a busy start to the spring at TELC, but we are happy that so many people are interested in getting involved with our programs!  First off, we would like to thank everyone that came out to the pony rides on May 2nd benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  We raised $440!  We appreciate everyone who helped with the program and everyone who brought their children out!

In addition to our spring programs, we’ve also been busy with this year’s show season.  We’ve had two Blue and Gray shows so far this year and we are proud to say that we’ve had a few first places and other very good ribbons already!  We’re looking forward to the upcoming Blue and Gray shows along with the Perry County schooling shows.  However, we hope they’re not as rainy as the last show!

We would also like to regrettably mention that Poco’s Classy Lassy “Classy” was put down last Thursday due to the amount of tumors she had on her body.  She has been completely blind in her right eye from a tumor for the last couple years, but still did lessons up until this winter.  Classy was a 28 year-old appaloosa mare that was born under Joanne’s care.  Her father was Critter (Poco Be Royal, who also passed away this winter) and Millie, who was the mother of a lot of our horses at TELC.  Classy was by far one of the best lesson horses that Joanne has ever had and we will miss her terribly.  She led a lot of children to championships at shows and taught many people to learn how to ride.  She also was used for therapeutic riding, proving that she was an excellent horse.  There are pictures of her already on the website, but we hope to make a memorial for her within the next few weeks.

We have lost three horses within the last six months due to age-related problems, but we miss them all dearly.  Critter, Sneakers, and Classy all made huge impacts on the students of Total Equine Learning Center and we will never forget them.