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WOW: What kinds of courses do you
LR: We do everything. Floral arrangement,
from beginners to advanced. Garment construc-
tion, drapery, cooking and baking, and cake
WOW: Do you only teach at Jesus Elam?
LR: I taught at the Ministry of Education for
a little while. Now I have my own business.
WOW: What kinds of equipment do you
have at the church?
LR: We have a kitchen...we have everything!
WOW: How much do you charge for the
LR: The classes are free. We take up a little
donation to help with graduation; that is all.
WOW: Why do you do so much for free?
LR: The courses help with the community. It
empowers women to have their own business.
It helps their marriage; we even have husbands
coming in to thank us for helping their wives.
Now they can do things they couldn't do before.
WOW: What's next?
LR: Next semester we want to do beauty cul-
ture, hairdressing, plumbing and upholstery. I'm
bringing other teachers for that. We're having a
Christmas class from October to November,
where we teach them how to make Christmas
goodies; cure their own ham, things like that.
Last year it was very successful.
WOW: What motivates you?
LR: I can help others, men and women. We
also have men in our classes, single fathers
who want to enhance their skills to help their
children. I have my talents; this is where I come
in. I am an ordained Missionary in the Church.
This is how I give to the people.
WOW READERS might remember
Issue # 34, in which we introduced
you to some of the female equestri-
ans of T&T. We are thrilled to bring
you an update on a young rider,
Amber Thompson, who had the
equestrian opportunity of a lifetime,
spending one month of training and
competing in Canada at the Millar
Brooke Farm, home to Canada's
most accomplished equestrian fam-
ily -- Ian, Amy and Johnathan Millar.
Under the guidance of Amy Millar,
Thompson spent two weeks com-
peting at the Caledon Equestrian
Park, where the Pan American
Games will be held next year. Back
in April, while in Wellington, Florida
for the Group IV Show Jumping
Challenge, Thompson was intro-
duced to Millar by Emily Kinch, Bar-
bados' latest equestrian to qualify
for the Central American &
Caribbean Games. Impressed with
Thompson's potential, Millar in-
vited her to train at her farm, an ex-
citing opportunity for this young
rider. She hopes to continue train-
ing at Millar Brooke Farm, as her
medium term goal is to qualify for
the CAC games and represent
Trinidad & Tobago in 2018.
Thompson spent her time training
with Millar on a thoroughbred
named "Vertigo", followed by com-
petition at the Caledon Equestrian
Park. She competed in classes that
had no less than 30 competitors in
each class, with a mixture of both
Junior and Adult riders. In the first
show, she earned two first place po-
sitions, a second and a fifth, and
emerged Reserve Junior Champion
(2nd place overall). In the second
show, which featured higher jumps,
she earned a second place, and two
third places, and proudly emerged
as the Overall Champion over both
juniors and adults.
Thompson should feel very proud of
her achievements. Coach Millar was
suitably impressed with her stan-
dard of riding, and reminded her at
the end of the two weeks of com-
petition that every round she rode
was clear, meaning she never
knocked down any of her jumps,
and was edged out only by time.
Quite an accomplishment for one
so young, over two weeks of steady
and heavy competition. Back at
home now, Thompson is working
towards her next local competition,
training hard at the Saddle Valley
Stables for the FEI Show Jumping
Challenge, under the wing of her
T&T Coach, Patrice Stollmeyer. We
at WOW are certainly proud of this
talented young woman.
Amber Thompson with "Vertigo."
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IN EVERY COMMUNITY there are peo-
ple who quietly toil to make lives better for
those around them, rather than complain about
the way things are, and not do anything.
LAVERNE RIVAS is one of those multi-talented
women who can set her hand to just about every
skill and craft. Apart from her own career as a
caterer and seamstress, she gives up much of
her time to passing on her skills to women at the
Jesus Elam Revival Assembly in Barataria.
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Rivas shared with us photos of their latest
graduation. Interested people can contact
Jesus Elam Revival Assembly to sign up.
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