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Plum family to take part in holiday-themed horse show

| Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 3:33 p.m.
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The Hutchison children of Plum are among a group of youngsters scheduled to take part in the Victor Cowboy Christmas Show set for 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Victory Stables in Apollo. From left are: Connor Hutchison with his horse, Stang; Shane Hutchison with Minteer; and Leah Hutchison next to Aristoe. The event will feature Cowboy Santa, Christmas skits with horses, guest photos with horses, a petting zoo, bonfire, crafts and a variety of horse tricks.

Leah Hutchison is quick to answer when asked what she enjoyed most about her family vacation to Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming.

“I went horseback riding,” said Leah, 10, of Plum.

The vacation in June 2012 ignited Hutchison's passion for riding horses.

Soon after, Shane Hutchison, 13, and Connor Hutchison, 12, joined their sister and took up horseback riding.

The siblings, along with other children from Plum and surrounding communities, are scheduled to take part in the “Victory Cowboy Christmas Show,” a holiay-themed horse show set for 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Victory Stables, 1135 Camp Nancy Road, Apollo.

The event will feature a visit from the Cowboy Santa; Christmas skits with horses; guest photos with horses; and a petting zoo with donkeys, pigs, goats and miniature horses, as well as a bonfire, crafts and a variety of horse tricks.

Leah took riding lessons when she returned from the family vacation in June 2012, according to Denise Hutchison, 47, the siblings' mother.

Next, the family purchased a horse for Leah, who now owns her third horse, Tabasco, an Arabian.

“She has moved up in levels,” Denise Hutchison said.

In the meantime, Shane and Connor decided to start riding.

All three children board their horses at the Victory Stables, their mother said.

The siblings not only ride their horses but also do chores at the stable that their mother said gives them life lessons.

“They help with feeding and cleaning out the barn,” Denise Hutchison said.

“They learn responsibility and different skills, like listening and having patience. It gets them out from in front of the TV playing video games. The intangible benefits are worth the money we are spending.”

Leah said she has bonded with her horse and enjoys taking care of him.

“I like the way horses move,” Leah said. “They are very sensible. They can feel if you are happy.”

“She wakes me up every weekend and asks, ‘Can we go to Victory (Stables)?' ” Denise Hutchison said.

Leah said she is looking forward to the Dec. 7 show.

“It will be fun,” Hutchison said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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