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Sisters Carson and Caroline Gibson Share Top Honors in the Younger Large Junior Hunter Division

Tyler, TX - November 9, 2008 - The 2008 Dallas Harvest Horse Show could not have asked for a better day to conclude its weeklong competition at the Texas Rose Horse Park today. The beautiful weather, typical of the autumn season in Tyler, TX, set the scene for a week of fun, laid back competition for approximately 400 competitors at the sold out horse show. For the second year in a row the show was held to benefit Habitat for Horses, one of the country's largest horse protection organizations, and thousands of dollars were raised to support their cause.

In the main hunter ring today the Junior Hunters completed their divisions and were awarded championship honors. It was a good day for the Gibson family in the Large Junior Hunters 15 Years and Under with sisters Carson and Caroline Gibson crowning the division after two days of competition. Younger sister Carson Gibson was champion of the division riding Shadyside Farm's Caden out of Magnolia, TX and older sister Caroline Gibson was reserve champion riding Shadyside Farm's Primetime.

The two sisters are 18 months apart and Carson is the younger one at 14 years old. They both train with distinguished Texas trainer Peter Pletcher and always enjoy competing together.

"It is fun; we are pretty good about it," Carson Gibson said of competing against her sister. "We are always cheering for each other; it doesn't really matter because usually one of us ends up happy, so we are both happy about that."

The Gibsons have been coming to shows at the Texas Rose Horse Park for a couple of years now and Carson showed Caden here last year and really likes the facilities. "I think they have really done a nice job," she said. "Every time we come back it has gotten better."

Moving on to the next division, Olivia Herbert of Houston, TX had another great day of competition today, dominating the wins in the Large Junior Hunters 16-17 and garnering both the championship and reserve championship awards. Herbert was champion of the division riding Capistrano and reserve champion riding Malibu. Mimi Herbert of Houston, TX owns both horses.

Earlier in the day the Small Junior Hunters also competed for championship honors with a combined class of the younger and older competitors. Coming away with the championship win after sweeping first place in all three of today's classes was Stacey Weems of Woodlands, TX riding her mare Secrets. Reserve champion went to Blythe Taylor of Tulsa, OK riding Cheryllow Z "Catwiesel."

Stacey Weems is 17 years old and trains with Will Roberts and Joan Waterman. Weems horse Secrets, or Flow as she is known around the barn, was purchased in Ocala, FL two years ago. The pair started out in the Children's Hunters together and then moved up the to Junior Hunter division last year.

"She has been really awesome so far," Weems said of the mare. "Yesterday we were kind of slow to get going because I had not shown in a while, but today we made a comeback and she was awesome."

Weems started coming to compete at the Texas Rose Horse Park as soon as it opened and she really likes it. "It is really nice, the rings are huge and the jumps are always good," she said. "The courses are more challenging here than at the other local Texas shows, so it is fun."

Today was the conclusion of the 2008 Dallas Harvest Horse Show at the beautiful Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, TX.

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Large Junior Hunter 16-17

Champion: Capistrano and Olivia Herbert

Reserve: Malibu and Olivia Herbert

Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under

Champion: Caden and Carson Gibson

Reserve: Primetime and Caroline Gibson

Small Junior Hunters

Champion: Secrets and Stacey Weems

Reserve: Cheryllow Z "Catwiesel" and Blythe Taylor

Photo Credit: Carson Gibson was champion riding Caden and older sister Caroline was reserve champion riding Primetime in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under Division at the 2008 Dallas Harvest Horse Show in Tyler, TX. Photo (C) 2008 Lauren Fisher/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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