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WTHJA Spring Schooling Show


2021/05/01






Article & photos by Nancy Brannon

West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association started its 2021 show season with a schooling show on Saturday of Easter weekend, April 3, 2021 at the Charity Arena in Germantown, Tenn. The day’s weather was perfect – 70 degrees F and sunny, and there was good participation from area stables with 75 horses competing. Even for just for a schooling show, horses were immaculately groomed and riders were spiffy, dressed in formal attire. For current WTHJA members, the show counted toward year-end awards. The show primed riders and horses for the upcoming USEF rated WTHJA shows: Springtime in Dixie (April 8-11) and Springtime Encore (April 15-18). WTHJA stays in A show mode for Memphis in May I (May 6-9) and Memphis in May II (May 13-16).

All the WTHJA spring shows followed the COVID-19 biosecurity requirements to maintain a safe, healthy environment for all persons. Biosecurity for horses included the usual current negative Coggins test plus veterinary documentation of Equine Influenza and Equine Herpes Virus vaccinations within six months of the competition.

Hunter classes ranged from 18” cross rails to 2’ short stirrup and 2’3”, 2’6”, 2’9”, 3’, and 3’3” schooling over fences.  Jumper classes ranged from .70m to 1.0m over fences. There were also equitation classes and a Pre-Children’s/Adult Mini Medal.

In addition to performance classes, WTHJA hosted an Easter Egg raffle with lots of fun prizes including horse treats, horse shampoo, Laser Sheen, a blue ribbons towel, a hat, T-shirt, barn socks, and a gift card. WTHJA T-shirts were on sale in the office for $10 each – a great buy!

Cash Flow (owned by Beanie Cone) and Elizabeth Thompson won the Pre-Child/Adult Mini Medal. Brooke Buras rode Cash Flow to win both Short Stirrup Equitation O/F and Flat classes.

There were four Short Stirrup division winners: Patchwork Seagull, ridden by Callie Mullis, and Lamborghini, ridden by Hannah Roark, tied for Champion. Cash Flow, ridden by Brooke Buras, and Billy the Kid, ridden by Piper Tushek tied for Reserve.

It was quite a successful show for trainer Beanie Cone, with Hunter’s Edge Stables, who brought the most riders to the show – 23 – who entered 122 classes, placing in 90 of them.

The 0.70m Jumper Champion was Samantha Davis on Sharon Nicholls’ Gold Cielo (trained by Poppy Doyle). The pair were first in two out of three classes. The 0.80m Jumper Champion was Amanda Stagg on Aviatrix (trained by Poppy Doyle). And the 0.90m Jumper Champion was Elizabeth O’Donnell on Mr. Sailboat (trained by Jamie Kroh-Jones). The pair won two first place spots and a second.

All class results are posted at horseshowsonline.com.
 

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