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"Hollowday" Party Makes Dreams Come True

NAPLES, Fla.  Two lucky girls had their holiday wish come true as they were surprised with two beautiful show horses at Bobbin Hollow Equestrian Center’s annual evening holiday party held on Saturday, December 15, 2007. 


Kathryn Vitiello, 11, is now the proud owner of Ms. Hot Tamale, a barn favorite for her lovable demeanor and a previous competitor on the Florida show circuit.  Katie Paige Richards, 8, was given HVK Standing Ovation, a four-year old English pleasure gelding who was shown at the Morgan Grand Nationals in October 2007 by Steve DeBolt under the Kohler Stables banner and received reserve honors in the GN four-year-old Stallion and Gelding pleasure driving.


Ms. Hot Tamale with new owner

Kathryn Vitiello and her father Mathew.

HVK Standing Ovation and his new owners,

Cole (left) & Katie Paige Richards

Over 100 people witnessed the joyous presentation as the two horses were given to the girls.  But they were not the only partygoers with smiles on their faces.  In addition to the horse presentation there was a DJ, dancing, food, and games—including a gift exchange, limbo competition, and karaoke. 

There was a full house at Bobbin Hollow's holiday party.

(l to r) Louise Henry, Ellen Patterson,
Suzanne Donavan & her daughter Fina


Katlyn Baker (center) was surprised with her

gift during the annual Gift Exchange.

Awards were also given out to recognize students for their achievements and were presented by Lark R. Henry and last year’s Most Improved Horsewoman of the year recipient, Elise Merrill.  Kathryn Vitiello and Alexandria Klingsporn both received the Horsewoman of the year award honoring their dedication and yearly accomplishments.



Elise Merrill (left) and Lark Henry (right) presenting

 co-Horsewoman of the Year award  to Alexandria Klingsporn

Elise Merrill (left) and Lark Henry (right) presenting

 co-Horsewoman of the Year award to Kathryn Vitiello


Closing the evening with a final achievement award received by Ariana Varveris for her success as a young equestrian and as Henry put it “a trainer’s proud moment award from her UNANIMOUS victory in a field of 22 and a workout to boot, at this year’s Grand Nationals on board HVK Noble Flame.”


Elise Merrill (left) and Lark Henry (right) presenting

the High Achievement award to Ariana Varveris




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