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Brownland Farm Fall I & II


2015/10/02





Article & photos by LaCresha Kolba

The beautiful show grounds of Brownland Farm, Franklin, TN, hosted the hunter/jumper Fall Shows I & II, September 2 – 6 and September 9 – 13, 2015. These shows have been held annually for 25 years. Fall I Course Designer and Technical Coordinator for both shows, Tim Hott from Cumming, Iowa, loves this facility and coming to the middle Tennessee area. 

Competitors came from Texas, Minnesota, Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York.  With $140,000 in prize money offered each week, this show is a big draw for serious competitors. The Grand Prix offered $25,000 in prize money, the highest money class of the week.  Riders also gain points for USEF awards.  Both weeks of this show had 475 horses entered to compete. 

The first week kicked off use of the brand new grass field for Jumper classes. The 500’ x 500’ grass arena has been in the works for a year and a half. Every jumper class on Friday of Fall I, which included: 0.85m, Hopeful, Training, Schooling, 1.15m, Modified Jr/Am, 1.30 $3000 Stake, Low and Hi Jr/AO, and Modified Jumpers, was on the green.

Tim Hott, coordinator for all of Brownland’s shows, strives to make the horse shows he coordinates enjoyable for everyone. The number of class entries allowed is set so that classes flow efficiently. “This allows everyone to have a chance to finish showing at a decent hour, so they can get out and go to dinner. No one wants to be showing until 8:30 pm, and then still need to finish with their horse and try to rush to find some place open to eat dinner. I want people to enjoy coming to my shows; I want to create an environment where people want to be here. We hope that when they leave here after competing, they put us on their calendar for next year. By doing that, we offer a show they like. Every course and show at Brownland Farm has to benefit the welfare of the horse, and that is our primary goal. We run our shows with southern hospitality, and strive to be fair to everyone by putting the horse first.” 

Brownland Farm offers ten weeks a year of premiere horse shows, from April to October.  Beyond offering competitive hunter/jumper shows with desirable prizes, Brownland Farm strives to be a part of the Middle Tennessee community by hosting a charity horse show in May / June, with proceeds going to Saddle Up! a therapeutic riding program.

At the Fall I show, winner of the $25,000 Grand Prix was Mastermind, owned and ridden by KC Van Aarem. Second went to MTM Flutterby, ridden by Brian Moggre. At the Fall II show, Christoph Schroeder swept first and second places in the Grand Prix. First was Southern Comfort, and second was Catungee. KC Van Aarem secured third place on Mastermind, with Miguel Ventura fourth on Quan.

In Short Stirrup, Brownland’s Miss Sissie, Sophie Feiss riding, and Drummer Boy, ridden by Irene Keeney, were Champions. Kali Wright Ryan and Jack in the Box were second in three O/F classes.

Forever and Addie Bihm were Reserve Champions in the Large Juniors.

Rollingwood's Over The Top and Madison Hill won Reserve Champion in the Medium Ponies.

At Fall I, Louise Graves and Petra won the Hunter Derby, with Tim Maddrix second on Shutterbug. At Fall II, the rider results reversed with Tim Maddrix wining the Hunter Derby on Special, as Louise Graves and Petra placed second. Full results of both shows are available at horseshowsonline.com.

Find more information about Brownland Farm’s horse shows at: www.brownlandfarm.com

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