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Oak Grove Hunt Club Combined Test


Photos by Tommy & Nancy Brannon

On Saturday November 22, 2014 Oak Grove Hunt Club offered a Combined Test, with dressage and cross country, at Peggy Hart’s Misty Meadows Farm near Byhalia, Mississippi. Pony Clubbers from Southern Run Pony Club, West Tennessee Pony Club, riders from Brewer Equestrian Center, and several area adults and children turned out on a perfect fall day to experience a taste of eventing – at a lower level than at recognized shows.

The Combined Test offered Novice and Beginner Novice divisions, and for those just getting started in the sport: Green As Grass and Modified Terrified. Dressage Judge Ila Handy praised the event as being “very well organized” and noted how smoothly everything ran. She had “saintly praise” for many horses and ponies doing their best for their beginner riders, as well as praise for the riders performing their tests precisely and in good form. She commented that she wished there were a “cute” category in the Collective Marks section of the test, because several riders and ponies would certainly get high scores in such a section.

Winner of the Novice Division was Lawrence Hyde, riding Silver Fox. Second was Alana Vogel and Big Bartz. Ashley Evans and Splash of Class won the Beginner Novice Division. In the Modified Terrified division, Ethan Read and Ima Little Excited were the winners in section B, while Chandler Head and Baby Boo Bear were first in section A. Now that wasn’t so terrifying, was it?

In Green As Grass, Maddie Mogridge and Scout were tops in section A, and Olivia Mogridge riding Graceful Impression was first in section B. The girls certainly made positive impressions!

Organizer Peggy Hart, Event Secretary Marge Nickels, Rick Richardson and members of Oak Grove Hunt Club worked for many weeks perfecting the cross country course, preparing the dressage arena, and doing all the work required for a combined training event. Many hunt club members and friends volunteered as jump judges, runners, and generally helped keep the day’s event running smoothly and on time. Hall’s Feed & Seed, Collierville, TN, and the Mid-South Horse Review were sponsors of the event.

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