“We want to formally bless and show our appreciation to each and every horse in our stable for their service to our students,” said Nancy Peterson, riding center director. “It should be an uplifting ceremony.”
Members of the Hollins riding team will lead their favorite horses into the Kirby Riding Ring for a short service conducted by the Rev. Sandy Webb of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke and L. Gerald Carter, CRE, pastor for congregational care at Roanoke’s Second Presbyterian Church. Each horse will be blessed individually.
“We hope this event will become an annual tradition,” said Peterson.
Hollins’ riding program, which has captured 22 team and individual national championships since 1984, is well-known for its outstanding group of horses. All are donated to the university and many come from horse show backgrounds of distinction. The horses offer a full complement of talents, from the beginner horse to the most talented show horse.