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Walnut Trace Spring Mini Trials


Opington & Amanda Schardt

The main dressage arena

Liz Lewis & Keys
By Grace Johnson; photos by Pamela Parton Photography

On April 13, 2019 Walnut Trace Farm (WT) in Bellevue, Tennessee offered the Walnut Trace Farm Spring Mini Trials.  This year, WT’s Mini Trial was part of the newly formed Middle Tennessee Eventing Associations’s (MTEA) 2019 show series. 

With a record 80 entries, the WT Mini Trials started with the dressage phase, followed by the stadium round, and finished with the cross-country phase.  Scores were cumulative across all three phases. 

The most advanced divisions rode first – Training, Novice and Beginner Novice – followed by Starter and Pre-Starter Divisions. Beginner Novice and Starter divisions were the most popular with 25 and 29 entrants each. 

Prizes were made possible by our sponsors: Franklin Equine Services, Dover Saddlery, Bonnie’s Barnyard, and Straight Arrow Products .  

Winners from each division were:

Training Level
Liz Lewis riding Keys won handily on a dressage score of 30 with no jumping faults on the jumping phases.  Jump Height: 3’3”

Novice Level:  Jessica Greer on Lucky placed first with a dressage score of 26.2 with zero jumping faults. Jump Height: 2’11”

Beginner Novice Level:
Beginner Novice Senior Division: Jesse Kerchoff, riding Paint By Numbers, placed first with a dressage score of 30.5 and clean jumping rounds.  Jump Height: 2’7”
Beginner Novice Junior Division: Nora Goldfarb won this division riding Oliver with a dressage score of 30.0 and zero jumping faults.  Jump Height:  2’7”

Starter Level:
Starter Senior Division: Hanna Maloney on Luminescent placed first on a dressage score of 26.3 with zero jumping faults.   Jump Height:  2’ to 2’3”
Starter Junior A Division:  Emma Shoemaker, riding Read All Over, won this division on a dressage score of 32.8, with zero jumping faults.  Jump Height: 2’ to 2’3”
Starter Junior B Division: Lindsay Hornick, riding Coppertop, won this division on a dressage score of 32.3, and held onto her first place spot with clean rounds in the stadium and cross country phases.   Jump Height: 2’ to 2’3”

Pre-Starter Level:
Pre-Starter Division A: Sydney Hester, riding Valkarye, placed first in this division with a dressage score of 29.4 and clean jumping rounds.   Jump Height: 18”
Pre-Starter Division B:  Rosemary Milek, riding Andre, won this division on a dressage score of 29.1 and had clean jumping rounds in stadium and cross country. 
Upcoming events at Walnut Trace Farm include a jumping clinic on May 4 and 5, 2019 with 5-star international event rider Meghan O’Donoghue.  Walnut Trace Farm will host a Central Tennessee Dressage Association (CTDA) Schooling Dressage Show on September 14, 2019 and the Walnut Trace Fall Mini Series will be September 21, 2019.  For more information on these events, contact, or check the website at

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