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Reader: Claire Davis will light up January 1 memorial

For eight days, people had held their breath -- and, for the most part, their snark -- while hoping that Claire Davis, the seventeen-year-old so grievously injured in the December 13 shooting at Arapahoe High School, would survive. But then came the announcement that she had passed away at 4:29 p.m. on Saturday, and comments started flooding in, like this one from Loren Paige Hanna: "Sending our love to Claire's family and friends, the loss of an innocent life is heartbreaking. May her energy be ever present." And it will certainly be present at a memorial just announced for January 1.

Claire Davis loved horses, so the choice of the January 1 event is fitting. Here's the announcement from the National Western Stock Show:

The family of Claire Davis and leaders of the National Western Stock Show and Complex announced today that a Celebration of the Life of Claire Davis will be held on January 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the National Western Events Center. The National Western Events Center is where Claire competed in a horse show during the 2013 National Western Stock Show and was scheduled to compete in 2014.

The 108th National Western Stock Show in January will be honoring Claire Davis by naming a horse show in her honor. The popular Hunter and Jumper event known as the Gambler's Choice will be named the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler's Choice Horse Show for the 2014 National Western. A moment of silence will be observed for Claire prior to all ticketed horse show events in the Events Center at this year's Stock Show. In addition, the Events Center will dawn a large yellow ribbon in memory of Claire Davis throughout the Stock Show, from January 11-26.

Paul Andrews, President/CEO of the National Western Stock Show and Complex stated, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis family at this difficult time. Claire's passion and love of horses and competition embodied what we deeply value at the National Western Stock Show. She was an excellent equestrian and a great example for all youth in the world with her positive attitude and leadership. We are honored to help celebrate her life through the numerous horse show events during our 2014 Show." "The National Western does a wonderful job of supporting young equestrians, like Claire. We're so appreciative that they've agreed to host this special celebration of Claire's life and for everything they're doing to honor Claire's memory," said Desiree Davis.

There will not be a charge for attending the event at 1:00 p.m. on January 1st, but to ensure that the facility's seating capacity is not exceeded, all those planning to attend will need to have a ticket. Tickets will only be issued at or the National Western Box Office beginning December 27 at 10:00 a.m. For those that wish to enjoy the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler's Choice Horse Show, those tickets are on sale now at

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