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"An Arabian Tale"

PhliteExcerpt from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin published  August 15, 1999:

“The intricate workmanship of the costumes, Phlite’s graceful moves and his rider’s skill earned them top prize last month in the Pure Bred Native Costume class at the Arabian Horse Association Region 5 Championships and All-Arabian Horse Show.

Ripley competed against the top riders from Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, and Alaska at the show held in Puyallup, Washington.

This was the first time the pair has won such an accolade in the Regional competition in that class. In the past they have placed in the Top Five at Regionals and have received numerous awards, including the Purebred Arabian Legion of Honor.

Workin' at itBut unlike most of the riders and horses they compete against, Ripley and Phlite have achieved these honors on their own, without trainers and expensive manufactured costumes. Ripley has trained the 10-year old full-blooded Arab herself, and made the costumes by hand.

Ripley, who has a 17-year-old-son, said these competitions are a different environment from her day job in Commercial Web Development at HighSpeed.Com. ‘I think it is a gift to be able to love what you do for a living and love what you do at home. They are both remarkably different and I feel fortunate to do both. It gives me balance.’”

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updated: 12/28//07

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