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Drowning Creek Farm Celebrates with Friends and Family

by Merritt Pryor


HILDEBRAN, N.C. - Drowning Creek Farm hosted their annual Christmas Party on Dec. 8, 2007. The weather was perfect for the party with above average temperatures.


The party began with Lewis Eckard working some of his customers’ horses. After he rode, the customers were given the opportunity to ride. A highlight of the morning was when Emily Rankin was given the chance to ride her mom’s high powered five-gaited mount, Fog. Allie Wellington rode First Asset, a young park horse that has been shown by Eckard, for the crowd to see. Rebekah Cloninger rode her road horse, Diamond Hustler, and her five-gaited pony, Jeweled Star.


After the horses were worked, lunch was served. A spread filled with barbecue, shrimp cocktail, chicken pot pie and too many desserts to count were enjoyed by everyone in attendance.


Ray Cloninger made the trip from the Charlotte area to award the Carolina Circuit Champions and Reserve Champions with a plaque, ribbon and fleece jacket. Rebekah Cloninger received a championship award with Diamond Hustler in the roadster horse under saddle division. She also received reserve awards with Dusty Beau in the junior exhibitor five-gaited division, Royal Count in the amateur roadster horse division and with My Mountains Heir in the junior exhibitor park division. Allie Wellington was awarded the championship ribbon, plaque, and jacket for CH It’s Yabba Dabba Doo Time in the junior exhibitor show pleasure division. Annette Green was presented the reserve championship ribbon for her performances with Ro-Day-O in the country pleasure driving division. Susan Whittington took the championship ribbon, plaque and jacket home for her performance in the show pleasure driving division with CH Harlem’s Babe Ruth.


The day ended with hugs and best wishes for the upcoming holidays and New Year.



Tanner Parham, Corbin Bumgarner, Emily

Rankin and Allie Wellington waited patiently

for the food to be served.


Rebekah Cloninger was met by

Lewis Eckard after her ride

aboard Jeweled Star.


Everyone enjoyed the impressive

spread of yummy desserts!


Ray Cloninger awarded the
Carolina Circuit Champions

with their ribbons, plaques, and jackets:

(left to right) Annette Green, Allie Wellington,

Susan Whittington and Rebekah Cloninger.


Gina Lail and Rebekah Cloninger

showed off their Christmas gifts.

Lail gave Cloninger a wrestling

championship belt.


Emily Rankin was thrilled when she

had the opportunity to ride her

mom’s five-gaited horse, Fog.


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