Daily Archives: January 26, 2016

We are all of us stars

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Tuesday 26th January

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”

When you were sixteen and had finished school, you went to an amazing place in the New Forest, called the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy. You spent three marvellous years gaining a qualification: Further Education through Horsemanship.
Here you progressed with your riding skills, improved your literacy and numeracy, worked on your social skills, leading towards an independent and fulfilling life.

Every summer there was a presentation day, where the students would put on riding exhibitions, show parents around the stables and the many facilities, rounded off with prize-giving.

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You, in the indoor arena

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Riding in the indoor arena

Every year you received an award.
Here you are being presented with the Wheeler Cup for Kindness.
You always wanted to help others, making sure that everything was all right with them.

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Receiving the Wheeler Cup for Kindness

In other years you also received a cup for Humour, and one for Teamwork.
It really was quite prestigious for you, although sometimes you ran away and hid during the presentation ceremonies, as you didn’t like being the centre of attention, or going up to shake hands with a dignitary and accept your award.

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Waiting patiently during the ceremony

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Receiving your Further Education through Horsemanship certificate

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Holding your trophies

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An award for Humour, and a silly face

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Mr Funny Face

What a wonderful opportunity you had here, you really flourished among such a caring group of educators, and relished your life with the horses.

My Angel horseman.
Riding on high.
Dearest son.
Love you.
xxxxxxx

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