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MTPC Horse Trials


Middle Tennessee Pony Club (MTPC) Horse Trials celebrated its 60th continuous year at this year’s USEA-sanctioned event, October 13-14 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee. MTPC is the longest continuous running horse trials in the United States.  The weather was close to ideal for a fall horse trials. Saturday’s weather was warm and sunny, although Sunday was windy and cooler, with a threat of some rainy, strong weather, which, thankfully, never materialized beyond a light drizzle at times. 

The Horse Trials included USEF/USEA Recognized Preliminary Division; USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice Divisions; and USEA Recognized Tests: Starter. “This was our very first year to run a 2-foot Starter Division with our Horse Trials and it was an overwhelming success!” said Laura Craven, MTPC Board Member and Membership Secretary. “We had 137 Beginner Novice through Preliminary entries, total.  And we had 30 Starter Division entries, for a total of 167.

The cross country course at Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center, designed by Jon Well, rode really well, giving the competitors some challenging, but fair questions. The stadium course this year, designed by Fuzzy Mayo, was challenging and did factor into final placings in quite a few divisions.   

As is tradition, many area pony clubs brought competitors to the horse trials. “Middle TN Pony Club, Peytona Pony Club, Stones River Pony Club, Portola Valley Pony Club, West TN Pony Club, Peachtree Riding Center, Rackensack Pony Club, Huntsville Pony Club, Walnut Creek Pony Club, Boskydell Pony Club, Long Run Pony Club, South Creek Pony Club, Southern Run Pony Club were all represented at the Horse Trials!” said Craven. 

“One of our Middle TN Pony Clubbers Taylor Blasey, a C1, had an outstanding day on her new horse ‘Rock with Bach.’  She had the lowest dressage score of the competition, winning the Junior Beginner Novice Rider B. Grace Butler, also a MTPC pony clubber, won her division in Junior Novice Rider B,” Craven reported. 

Jodie Stowell, American Eventing Championship qualifier, retired her horse this weekend in a ceremony at the event.  This was her first horse she ever took Preliminary. It was a great ceremony! She competed Comet II, her Appaloosa-Thoroughbred cross, in Open Preliminary at MTPC.

Read All Over, ridden by Emily Evans (TN), won the Open Preliminary Division with just her dressage score: 30.9 penalty points. She was second after dressage, but took the lead after cross country and stadium. Millie Forest with It’s Friday won the Young riders Open Preliminary.

Jennifer Bazan (IL) had no regrets as she won Open Training on Allegretta, with only her dressage score of 29.6.
Bill Hoos won Training Horse on Woodrow, earning the Sam I Am trophy. Kaitlin Hardy rode Castine’s Path down the path to top honors in the Training Rider division.

Whitfield Broughton (AL) stole Junior Training Rider honors on Grand Larsony, scoring 43.00 penalty points. To his dressage score of 35 were added 8 show jumping penalties, yet he held onto first place by 2 points.

Roberta Christie (IL) was the lucky winner of Beginner Novice Horse on Must Be Lucky, with a score of 34.00 penalty points. Jeanne Wallace (TN) qualified for the win in Beginner Novice Rider on Qualifier, finishing with just her dressage score of 40.50.

Shannon Clancey (NR) on Maxwell Smart, took top honors in the Junior Beginner Novice Rider A, with only her dressage score of 33.80. Taylor Blasey (TN) rocked to first place on Rock with Bach, finishing with only her dressage score of 27.6 penalty points – the top score of the show!

Alexandra Slusher (KY) won the Open Beginner Novice division on Miriam with only her dressage score of 43.80. Teresa Beague (AL) was tops in Junior Novice Rider A Division on Great Wheels with only her dressage score of 32.5. Grace Butler (TN) on Magic Man was tops in Junior Novice Rider B with an equally top-notch dressage score of 32.5.
Hillary Irwin’s (NC) prayers were answered when she won the Novice Horse Division on Pray For You. Her dressage score was second best at the show (28).

Jyl Lavera (KY) was tops in Novice Rider Division with only her dressage score of 28.50. Penny Goddard (TN) had a photo finish in the Open Novice Division on Dancing Kodachrome, with a final score of 30.80: 30 dressage plus 0.8 XC time penalties.

Complete results of MTPC Horse Trials are available at the USEA website:

Special Awards:

The Novice High Point Pony Club Member, earning the Melvin Browne Memorial Trophy, was Tessa Begue on Great Wheels from Peytona P.C.

The Beginner Novice High Point Pony Club Member, earning the Trotter Betts Trophy, was Taylor Blasey with Rock With Bach from Middle TN P.C.

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