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25 years ago: Local horses and their riders receive prestigious honors

March 18, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 18, 1987:

Local equestrian and stable owner Celia Miller and her horse, Dazzling Spirit, recently had been named reserve champions of the American Saddlebred Country Pleasure Division by the American Horse Shows Association. "I was very surprised, I was flabbergasted," said Mrs. Miller, who added that she hadn't had any experience working with horses before founding the Stable of Joy almost 19 years earlier: "I'm 61 years old and I didn't ride horses when I was a little girl." Mrs. Miller, who had gotten her first horse when she was 43, had founded the Stable of Joy for the mounted Girl Scout troop, which now included 21 "Senior Scouts" and nine "Junior Scouts." (One of the young women of the troop, Kathleen Dahl, and her horse, U V M Falcon, had also received a prestigious award, having been named reserve champions of the English Pleasure Morgan Division.) Mrs. Miller said that there was a strong possibility that her stable would be forced to close as Lawrence expanded westward. However, she said that her daughter, Joy Underberg, had already started a stable south of Lawrence called Triple J Arabians.

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