Six Riders Earn Level Marks In Flaming Fall Horse Show
Cross country and stadium jumping were the centerpieces of this year's Glengarry Farm's "Flaming Fall Horse Show," held at Mt. Creek Farm, on Nov. 4.
Horsemanship classes topped the first three events, with jump classes following.
GFCEP-Level Trophies were awarded to six riders.
Salem Pies of Pinebluff and Shaquan Monroe of Southern Pines rose from D3 to C1, along with Rachel Thomas of Aberdeen. Isaiah Monroe of Southern Pines, Morgan Westbrook of Pinebluff and Sydney Borden of Pinehurst rose from D2 to D3, taking the high beginner slots for the upcoming winter session.
Turned out and spotless in their hunt coats and crisp blouses, Heather Hess of Hoke County, Morgan Westbrook of Pinebluff and Rachel Thomas of Hoke County swept away the turnout medals.
"Best in Show trophies" in stadium jumping and open-field jumping were garnered by Westbrook and Pies, both of Pinebluff. Best Equitation trophies went to Heather Hess, Shaquan Monroe and Pies.
Borden won the Best Sportsmanship award, Matt Hess grabbed the Best Save of the Day trophy, and Tirzah Grace Ingram landed the Best Treatment in Show of Any Pony designation. Trophies for Best Pony Handler Overall on Level went to Matt Hess, Isaiah Monroe, and Thomas.
Nine classes made up the day's special events.
Eight orange pumpkins formed 20- and 30-meter circle ring sets. Scarecrows stood tall against the split-rail cross-country jump course posts. Students jumped a seven-element course, including an oxer, an in and outs, a stone wall, various logs, and a brush jump.
Three-year-old Tirzah Grace Ingram, daughter of Bridget and Adam Ingram of Southern Pines, on lead, jumped puddle jumps bareback to the delight of the crowd.
Arab-quarter cross Koorz de Moore completed his "honor ride" -- his last program ride ever in show -- during the event.
Koorz, a 22-year-old former foxhunter, seasoned buggy horse and lesson horse extraordinaire (in dressage and hunt-seat) walked on.
He will be remembered as a extra-fine mount and trusted lead trail horse. He was cheered by the crowd during the honor ride. He was ridden by 9-year-old Sydney Borden, a little girl with a big heart, who walks him weekly for his physical and psychological health. Finished but not forgotten, he will not be dumped as will many old horses, said a representative of the show.
GFCEP program horses retire in dignity and honor. They retire to green fields, a steady diet and the best health supplements and vet care possible, said the show's representative.
"There is nothing more noble than a kind and patient lesson horse," said Barbara Richie Pond, GFCEP's ARIA Level II certified instructor. "When our riders look back, they will not remember the flashy high-strung trainees they rode as much as they will remember the gentle, kind, and obedient lesson horses of their youth -- who sustained them, nurtured them, protected them and served them so graciously.
"'We had a fabulous show and a great picnic afterwards."
Classes 1, 6 -- Salem Pies on Ice Geym; Classes 2, 7, 9 -- Heather Hess on I'm Hunkie Dorie; Classes 3, 5, 8 -- Tirzah Grace Ingram on Aladdin; Class 4 -- Morgan Westbrook on Call Me Judge.
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