Milo Girl Headed to Georgia for Horse Competition 

Next month, a teenager from Milo will help represent Maine in a national horse riding competition.Fifteen-year old Ashley Shaffer will make the trip to Georgia with her family, and riding partner, “Dixie.”Meghan Hayward has more.” We got her five years ago. She was feral. We got her from an auction.”Fifteen-year-old Ashley Shaffer is talking about her horse, Dixie.Dixie got very sick right after they brought her home and they weren’t even sure if she was going to make it.But fast forward to now, and the horse and Ashley are preparing for the American Eventing Championships.” She has so much personality and she’ll do anything for you. She’ll learn anything you want to teach her.”Ashley is home-schooled and is able to do all the day-to-day operations on the Second Glance Horse Rescue Farm.A name that holds significance.” It gives them a chance at a new life. I like doing it because it makes me happy.”Ashley says the obstacles Dixie has overcome really proves something.” Most people have these big fancy warm bloods and I have this little pony.”” Amazed by the both of them. They learn so fast and they work really hard. They both enjoy working. It’s not a job for them, they both enjoy it so they make a great team.”The championships are in Georgia.Ashley says she has a one in a million horse.And just being able to attend is an honor for her.Their first day there, they will take part in the dressage competition.” You just basically follow this pattern in a sized arena and you get scored for each movement you do.”The second day is a cross country competition, followed by show jumping.Ashley still needs help with some expenses for the trip.On Friday, August 20th, the East Ridge Stable in Charleston is holding an angels on hooves benefit horse show at noon.The event will include classes for all ages and end with a chicken BBQ.The fee to enter is 20-dollars for the day or 5-dollars per class.For more information call 285-3625.