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Learn to Event


Missy Carlisle in Dressage

Carissa Ramsdell

By Shannyn Welsh

Middle Tennessee Pony Club (MTPC) gave an opportunity for new competitors to experience the fun of eventing. On July 18, 2015 MTPC hosted a "Learn to Event" show at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee. The show offered Beginner Novice, Starter, Amoeba, and Pre-Amoeba levels.

Among those attending were riders from Ulric Equestrian Center of Byhalia, MS, with head trainer/manager/instructor Shannyn Welsh. Shannyn was excited to attend this show as she is just starting in eventing. Her experience is mainly in Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Gaited Pleasure, Western and colt starting. So this was a new venture for Shannyn and her student.

In May of this year Ulric Equestrian Center started training Missy Carlisle’s horse Roads Rambler, aka Scooter, for English riding. The ex-reining Quarter Horse gelding has since found his niche as a jumper and eventing horse. His first time out in the Beginner/Novice division, with a challenging course of 18 cross country jumps, he had a good score in dressage at 26.58, had only 4 faults in stadium jumping, and finished with an overall winning score of 30.58.

Shannyn won the Senior Beginner Novice division with him and received a blue ribbon for Scooter’s winning dressage score.

Her student Missy Carlisle competed Scooter in the Senior Amoeba division. She finished with a score of 32.5, also earning a blue ribbon.

Shannyn said, “The show was wonderfully run and I truly enjoyed the atmosphere! We stabled at Walnut Trace Farm in Nashville, which is a gorgeous facility with a highly professional setting and staff. I will be coaching and traveling to shows with my students and horses in the near future to get more experience in eventing. I invite everyone to enjoy this sport and to support MTPC as well as other Pony Clubs in the region. They truly provide a great example for learning equestrians to become excellent riders and horse owners.”  

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