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Mid-South Region Pony Club Horse Trials


2015/07/03







By Meredith Wilkes Tipton

The Mid-South Region Pony Club Horse Trials were held June 19-21, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Riders ranging from Preliminary to the Starter level competed in dressage, cross country, and show jumping. Since this year's horse trials had such a large number of entries, Preliminary and Training level riders rode their dressage tests and show jumping on Friday. The remaining levels (Starter- Novice) rode dressage on Saturday. The two lower levels rode show jumping, and Novice through Preliminary rode cross country, on Saturday.

Tropical Storm Bill brought torrential rain for Saturday's competition. There was so much rainfall throughout the day, that by the time Preliminary and Training divisions had completed cross country, the footing had become a concern for the Novice level riders. Officials postponed the Novice level cross country until Sunday because of flooding on the course. Fortunately, Sunday dawned sunny and warm, so the final day of competition was rain free.

Seven mid-south Pony Club riders competed at this year’s Horse Trials. River Run Eventing, a Hernando, Mississippi based farm, sent five young riders to compete. Sydney Doss, a 13-year-old C1 in Southern Run Pony Club (SRPC), finished the weekend in 7th place out of 22 riders in the very competitive Jr. Novice Division aboard Road Less Traveled. Cassidy Doss, a 15-year-old C2 in SRPC, finished 11th in the Beginner Novice Horse Division on her 6-year-old OTTB Piano Blues. Julia Jennings, a 12-year-old D3 in SRPC, finished in 7th in the Jr. Beginner Novice Division 1 on One Under Par. Cristen Cleveland, an 11-year-old D3, finished 16th in Jr. Beginner Novice Division 2 on Just Kidding. Caroline Weathers, a 14-year-old D3 in SRPC, finished 10th in Starter on her mare, My Alibi.

West Tennessee Pony Club was also represented at the event by Ethan and Grace Reed. Ethan finished 5th in Jr. Beginner Novice Division 2 on his horse, Ima Little Excited. His sister Grace finished 6th in Jr. Beginner Novice Division 1 on Mardi.

Despite the weather setbacks, it was a great weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park. The mid-south was well represented by some very talented young riders.

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