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Stones River Pony Club Combined Test & Dressage Show


Article by Allison Rehnborg; photos by Ryan Rehnborg

Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Stones River Pony Club horse shows always bring out some of the most dedicated local riders and trainers in the Middle Tennessee equestrian community. Offering two combined tests each year, fall and spring, the club provides indoor schooling opportunities for local dressage and eventing enthusiasts.

On November 15-16, 2014 the Pony Club hosted its annual fall Combined Test and Dressage Show at the Tennessee Livestock Center, in Murfreesboro, TN. On Saturday, riders competed in dressage and over a stadium course in the Combined Test. On Sunday, the Dressage show began with a small contingent of Western dressage and Walking Horse dressage riders before continuing with exhibitors competing in classic dressage. Saturday saw close to seventy rides, with more than eighty rides on Sunday. Judges for the event included Mary Fike and Jenny Hogan.

“We had a very full show – it’s actually over full! Which is how we like it,” said Kellye Boylan, District Commissioner (D.C.) of Stones River Pony Club and show manager for the event. “We do this as a schooling show, giving another opportunity for riders and horses to get out and experience an indoor arena, since there aren’t a lot of combined tests held indoors in this area. And we do this to raise money for our Pony Club, which provides opportunities to bring clinicians and a lot of education for our Pony Clubbers. We also hope this show provides education for people that aren’t in Pony Club, but get a chance to come out.”

Competitors for the weekend included members of Stones River Pony Club, Middle Tennessee Pony Club, and riders from the Peach Tree Riding Center in Arrington, Tennessee, as well as variety of young and adult riders from the surrounding area.

For one adult exhibitor, Susan Jackson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the event represented her first time to compete in a Combined Test on her American Quarter Horse, Mojo Quick.

“We’re really fortunate to have so many nice shows here, and this is my first combined training event, so I’m really excited to be here,” Jackson said. “It’s really fun. This is something that all of the people in my barn can participate in. We have a group of diverse people – we all do the English events, but I normally show in breed shows, like AQHA. And not everyone has a Quarter Horse. So this is something we can all go to, which is great. The cool thing about horses is that it unites all of us, regardless of age.”

For more than thirty years, Stones River Pony Club has been working hard in Murfreesboro to build the club and manage shows where horses and people can connect, and this year’s fall show didn’t disappoint.
“We’re just horse people getting together to have fun,” Boylan said.

Stones River Pony Club’s next Combined Test and Dressage Show will take place March 14 and 15, 2015, in Murfreesboro, TN.

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