Black Fox Academy riders earn honors in state POA program
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BLACK FOX RIDING ACADEMY team members received honors at Tennessee POA Club awards program. From left, back, are Hannah Dickson, Emily Shelton, Kaitlyn Madson; front, Bethany Sims and Laney Copeland.  Photo courtesy of Denise Sims
BLACK FOX RIDING ACADEMY team members received honors at Tennessee POA Club awards program. From left, back, are Hannah Dickson, Emily Shelton, Kaitlyn Madson; front, Bethany Sims and Laney Copeland. Photo courtesy of Denise Sims
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Several members of the Black Fox Riding Academy were winners at the recent Tennessee POA Club Year-end Award’s banquet in Monteagle.

The Black Fox Equestrian Show Team finished the season with six riders taking part in POA shows across Tennessee and Alabama.

It was the first year of competing at breed level shows for four students, Kaitlyn Madson, Hannah Dickson, Brianna Kugler, and Laney Copeland. Brianna is a new rider and just attended the fall shows, according to Emily Shelton, head trainer and instructor at Black Fox Academy.

Laney, 5, finished the show season with more than 646 performance points. That is almost three times the number of points as the reserve winner. She competed on her POA gelding, TLF Zip's Hale Bopp, in the Costume class, Leadline Showmanship, Leadline Horsemanship, Leadline Trail, Leadline Single Pole and the Leadline Flags Race.

Laney was announced at the awards banquet as the Highpoint Leadline Equitation Rider, Highpoint Leadline Performance, and Highpoint Leadline Costume winner. Laney also won the Licketty Split Memorial Costume Traveling Trophy.

For 8-and-Under rider Bethany Sims, it was her second year showing POAs. Bethany was Highpoint 8-and-Under Equitation Rider, Highpoint 8-and-Under One Pony/One Rider, Highpoint 8-and-Under Gaming Pony, 10th in Top Ten Pony Award (against all ages and groups.) She also brought home a very big 8-and -Under Traveling Trophy.

Kaitlyn Madson, in her first year showing POAs, finished in sixth place in 9-12 Equitation and ninth in 9-12 One Pony/One Rider combination.

Shelton won Highpoint Halter Stallion with a 2012 buckskin POA stallion, Windy's Kiss This Impulse, owned by Tracey Coyle of Pennsylvania. She was also Highpoint 19-and-Over rider.

Black Fox Riding Academy is already gearing up for a great 2014 show season. Two students, Bethany Sims and Laney Copeland, will be attending the Texas Stock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, later this week for two days of showing POAs and several days of enjoying the rodeo and other ranch horse events.

The regular Tennessee POAC show season begins in April in Shelbyville, and runs through November's Turkey Gobbler at Harriman.

Riding students wishing to show are invited to learn more about the programs offered at Black Fox Equestrian Center, such as the Show Lease program for those who do not own their own horse and the OutRider's program for those who own their own horse, but understand the benefits of having a coach and instructor to help at the shows.

Shelton also offers horse training, colt starting, and show opportunities for in-hand and under-saddle horses.

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