The final reports are in, the course has been picked up and stored away for another year. The horse park liked the dressage boxes and are renting them for some of their events and dressage shows. The new water hazard is doing double duty as an event obstacle. It’s great when different disciplines can work together.
Unfortunately, I saw very little of the actual event, but by all accounts, it was a great success. And it was accident free. The weather was perfect. There was quite a crowd on marathon day, and most were situated between the two water obstacles. There was bleacher seating and small tents with picnic tables, and the food vendor set up so it was a delightful place to spend the day.
The horse park allowed us to use part of the steeplechase track to get to and from the obstacles with golf carts and ATVs, which kept people from being on or crossing the track.
There were two dressage rings – a 40 x 80 for the Preliminary drivers and 40 x 100 for the Intermediate and Advanced. The patrons tent was set up between the two. Then for cones day, the cones course was designed in a U shape around the tent. It was great!
The course designers and judges put a ton of ‘dislodgeable elements’ (knockdowns) in the obstacles. The hazard judges had to be on the ball (no pun intended) to make sure they noted when one was hit and to replace it before the next competitor.
Everyone was eager to see how the new water hazard would drive. Kelly Valdes and Richard Pringle started working on this one last year, and were happy to see their hard work enjoyed by all.
Mary Ruth Marks won the marathon in the Advanced Single Horse class. Her navigator was Andrew Ellis who works at the horse park.
Beautiful awards were presented to the winners following their cones class. Chairs are always popular, and there were several special awards presented as well.
Joe Yoder of Montana driving Mark Schmidt’s team won the Advanced Four In Hand class.