Charles and Matthew Trible of Blue Grass brought home grand champion trophies from the state 4-H horse show in Lexington last week. It takes plenty of work and dedication to win in a field of 600 competitors. It takes a lot of dedication to work with horses. Horses need daily contact and confident leadership so they know what's expected of them. The Tribles, Charles is 16 and Matthew is 12, provided that. They had good teachers to show them how. Their mother, Deborah, gave them the guidance only a parent could provide by encouraging her children to be the best horsemen they could be. She has a background in horsemanship, though she doesn't want to brag. She was on the equestrian team at Virginia Tech while in college and was involved with horses professionally for a while following college. Other notable horse people in Highland pitched in as well, like Karin Banks and Lola Sestrap. Banks taught Charles what he needed to know to compete in saddleback style. Sestrap provided horses for the boys and a place to practice. We don't have the fancy stables and professional trainers that larger, communities might have. We're small, rural and somewhat remote, so what we do have must come from the people around us. Our people are our advantage. The Tribles' success on the state level is but one more example of what a small community of caring people can do when they band together. People who are thinking of a great place to live ought to consider the power of a few to overcome the inertia of the many and note that, though low in population, Highland can be a very attractive place to raise a family. Where people in urban areas tend to get lost in the crowd, every individual person in Highland matters. Once again, Highland County shines, and proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Congratulations, Charles and Matthew, for making the most of your talent, and making us all proud. (Recorder photo by James Jacenich)
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