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Holly Hills Horse Trials


By Meredith Tipton

The Mid-South was well represented at the Holly Hill Horse Trials, at Holly Hill Farm Equestrian Center on April 17-18, 2021. River Run Eventing of Hernando, Mississippi took a group of seven young riders, ages 11-15, to compete in the spring event in Benton, Louisiana.

With a last minute rider change, Alli Gill catch rode RRE’s Topnotch Tux N Tails in the Jr. Novice Division A. Although she had only ridden him twice before, Alli had a stellar weekend and finished on just her dressage score of 29.8 (no cross country or stadium penalties) to end up third in her division.

Sarah Bomar and her 8-year-old OTTB, Area Fifty One, also jumped double clear on cross country and show jumping to finish on just their dressage score in seventh place in Junior Novice B.

Alli Gill also rode her 5-year-old OTTB in Jr. Beginner Novice A, earning a score of 31.1 in dressage and finishing fourth in her division.

Skylar Thornton and her flashy Paint horse, Ace of Spades, had a lovely dressage test earning a score of 35.3 then jumped clean cross country to finish in seventh in Jr. Beginner Novice C.

Ann Parker Meyers finished an exciting weekend on her dressage score of 36.7 to place third in the Jr. Starter A division.
Olivia McNatt and her 9-year-old OTTB, Bluesboro, earned a career best score of 37.5 in dressage and jumped double clear on cross country to place sixth in the Jr. Starter B division.

Henley McCutchen and her pony When In Roan had a beautiful dressage test, earning 39.7 and jumped double clear in show jumping in Jr. Starter A.

Holly Hill also offered a team competition for the new IEL, Interscholastic Eventing League, a program that is open to students in grades 7-12th. The team of Alli Gill, Sarah Bomar, Grace Atchly, and Ally Petro, representing River Run Eventing, finished fourth out of 8 teams. Congratulations to these hard working young ladies who had a fantastic show! 

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