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Middle Tennessee Pony Club Mini Trials


Photos by Carissa Ramsdell

Middle Tennessee Pony Club’s (MTPC) annual Mini Trials kicked off the spring eventing season on the first Saturday in April (6th) 2019 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn. The 2019 Mini Trials is an unrecognized “3 in 1 day” event, with the three phases – dressage, cross country, and stadium – all in one day. Order of the day was a bit different from a regular event: dressage first, then stadium, and finishing with cross country.

Competitors could choose to enter one of four divisions: Novice, Beginner Novice, Starter, and Pre-Starter. Novice division dressage test is the 2018 USEF Novice Test A; jump height is 2’11” with a water obstacle on cross country.  Beginner Novice division dressage test is the 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test A; jump height is 2’7” with a water obstacle on cross country. For the Starter division, dressage test is USDF Intro Test C; jump height is 2’3” with water an option, not required, on cross country. And for the Pre-Starter division, dressage test is 2019 USDF Intro Test B; jump height is 18” with water optional, not required on cross country.

Photographer Carissa Ramsdell said about the event: “It was fantastic!  Perfect weather and the day seemed to run flawlessly. There were many great rides and smiles all around.”

Coach Meredith Tipton took several students and had this to say about the event: “We had a wonderful time at the event! As always, MTPC put on a very organized and well run show. The courses were inviting with a good mix of confidence boosting fences along with a handful at max heights for each level.

“My girls have worked so hard on their dressage over the winter, and it showed. All six kids from River Run Eventing scored in the 30s.”

As happens sometimes, a rider inadvertently gets the E score (elimination). Anna Claire Bradley and ScarlettBegoney’all had a great dressage test, scoring 32.2 in the Jr. Beginner Novice division. She had a great cross country ride, thinking she had finished clean, with no penalties. Unfortunately, after finishing, she realized she had skipped a fence. “So sad to be eliminated as she was winning her division,” Meredith commented. But this happens to the best of riders.

 “Eleven-year-old Mia Dunford and her pony, Touched By An Angel, completed their first Novice division on just their dressage score of 33.3 to finish the day in second place. Fifteen –year-old Anna Claire Callum and Road Less Traveled added no penalties to their dressage score of 32.8 to win Starter Division A. Twelve- year-old Olivia McNatt and One Under Par finished on just their dressage score of 32.3 to win Starter Division B. This was both girls’ first time at this level! Twelve- year-old Sarah Bomar and Area Fifty One added no penalties to their dressage score of 39.5 to finish in second place in Starter Division B. This was her 6-year-old OTTB’s first ever event! Twelve- year-old Olivia Hood and Wish Upon A Star finished on a score of 38.1 to take second place in Pre-Starter B.” Meredith was, obviously, very proud of and excited for the success of her students!

Winners per division (with final score) were:

Open Novice A: Nora Goldfarb on Rivertown Lad (33.1)
Open Novice B: Millie Kennedy on Fly High Harvey (32.9)
Jr. Beginner Novice A: Lindsey Nischan on Crimson’s Archadia (35.6)
Jr. Beginner Novice B: Morgan Koerlin on Road to Rockport (33.3)
Beginner Novice: Emily Helmick on Hytailit Grant (35.6)
Pre Starter A: Allison Creek on Orry (30.0)
Pre Starter B: Dalyce Bird on Bob (34.9)
Pre Starter C: Kai Walker on Ginger (27.5)
Starter A: Anna Claire Callum on Road Less Traveled (32.8)
Starter B: Olivia McNatt on One Under Par (32.3)

Find more information about Middle Tennessee Pony Club and the Mini Trials at:  Results are posted on StartBoxScoring.

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