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Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials


Credit: Brenda Black

Photos by Nancy & Tommy Brannon

On Thursday October 9, 2014 the weather in the Nashville, TN area was a warm, sunny beautiful fall day. But by the weekend, the weather had turned into a slow, steady rain, falling on Percy Warner Park and all the volunteers and competitors at the Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials, October 11-12. But a little rain didn’t dampen the competition!

Susan Thomas on Fly ‘N’ Bayou won the Open Preliminary Horse Trials with a score of 44.5. Her dressage score was 37.3, but she had 7.2 time penalties on cross county. She had no faults in either jumping phase. Debbie Crowley placed second on Vantage Point, also scoring 44.5. Debbie led after dressage with a score of 30.9, but had 13.6 time penalties on cross country. She also had no faults on either jumping phase.

Anna Pierce and Dakota won the Open Training division with a score of 40.5. She jumped clean on cross country and stadium with no time penalties in either phase, finishing with just her dressage score.

 Meghan O’Donoghue had the lowest score of the day on Yadier, 25.5, to win the Novice Horse division on just her dressage score. Molly McBride and Runaway Fantasy took top honors in the Open Novice division, finishing on just their dressage score of 36.5 with no jumping or time faults on the other two phases.

The Novice Rider division was divided into two sections, with Ann Krueger and Ellison winning division A with a score of 32.0, while Lexie Carleton on Fleeceworks Blackout was the best in division B with a score of 32.5.

The Beginner Novice division was by far the largest of the show. The Beginner Novice Horse division winner was Any Wise on Ruger, scoring 38.9.  The Open Beginner Novice division was a tie, with April Hays on Original Design and Rachel Petty on Dash of Pepper both having winning scores of 32.5.

Beginner Novice Rider was divided into two sections, with Hannah East and Tarkovsky the leader in division A with just their score of 34.0. Lauren Paffrath had the same dressage score in division B on Dichterlieben, incurring no time penalties or jumping faults in either of the jumping phases.

Petra Roden on Maximus won the TEST starter rider division with a score of 25.6 and Taylor Blasey on Sahm Valenting won the TEST starter open division with a score of 31.5.

All in all, despite the rainy weather, the Horse Trials was a great success for Middle Tennessee Pony Club. Find out more about the club and link to detailed scoring at:  

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