Horse Park Holds Welsh Show
Welsh turnouts from as far as Mississippi and Pennsylvania came to the Carolina Horse Park for the Carolina Welsh Club's in-hand, riding, and driving show July 28-29.
This is the fifth year the club has held Welsh shows in North Carolina.
Each day featured many of the same classes but was a separate show with a different judge. There were 57 ponies entered on the first day and nearly 50 on the second.
Although a few competitors commuted from out of state, such as the Rollingwood ponies from Mississippi and the Clarwood Farm ponies from Pennsylvania, North Carolina entries dominated in the numbers.
Odyssey Farm, a Southern Pines facility owned by David Frump and Deborah Branson, had a stellar weekend in many divisions.
Odyssey Saki, a 4-month old Half Welsh filly owned by Odyssey Farm, earned the reserve Supreme Half Welsh championship on Saturday. Dr. Wendy Ying, a frequent Southern Pines part time resident, brought her C/D pony Duke of Earl and won the Supreme championship in the Half Welsh division both days.
Odyssey Farm's Foxbrush U.S. Remember Me was high point gelding for the weekend after winning Supreme champion gelding on Sunday and Reserve Champion in 12.2 hands and under Carriage and 12.2 hands and under Pleasure Driving both days.
The fancy pony also competed in a team, pulling a carriage with his son Odyssey Heat Wave. The pair was driven by 15-year-old Colten Parker, an up and coming young driver from Pennsylvania. He has spent the summer training in the area with Miranda and Keady Cadwell.
Odyssey Farm's Blueridge Starlet was low hunter champion — including over fences and under saddle class victories — both days.
The farm's Menai Silver Miss Meg proved her versatility in winning Reserve Supreme Champion on Sunday as well as taking care of 10-year-old Will Sommer as his mount in walk and walk trot classes.
Rollingwood and Clarwood brought 5 ponies each. These ponies have won accolades on the national scale and won a good share of the ribbons.
Randy Cadwell, driving a pony owned by Candy Smith, won reserve champion in the over-12.2 hands carriage as well as in the pleasure driving division.
Leslie Griewe's Alice's Brass Ring placed sixth in in-hand with her young handler, Campbell Gibson, and won the equitation class with Lisa Alers-Hankey on board.
Aliance Chesapeake, ridden by Juliet Neveu, was second in the same class and in addition won a second, third and fourth in the low hunter division. She was also presented with the most mature award for being the oldest pony in the show.
Amanda Burton rode her Half Welsh gelding Cuesta San Simeon to wins in every over-fences class they entered.
A smiling Leslie Baldwin piloted her lovely Welsh cob Ashland Wynsome to the championship in the C/D pleasure riding division each day. Baldwin also earned a second in adult equitation.
Overall, the show was deemed a success by organizers and competitors alike. The annual event will bid for an even higher turnout and bigger competition next year.
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