Pine Tree offers classes for Training, Preliminary and Intermediate, but not Advanced. It was really great to have WEG driver Gary Stover and Bob and Susie Cook (Cindy O’Reilly’s parents) volunteering as hazard judges.
The weather couldn’t have been nicer, cool in the morning, bright sunshine all day, but the temperatures didn’t get much over 75 (that’s my guess, anyway).
While the number of young drivers may be small, they make up for it with skill. Maggie Sullivan and Riena won the Intermediate single pony class, and was best junior driver. Jacob Arnold did a great job driving his first marathon with a four-in-hand of ponies. It was hard to believe he’s only been driving four for a few months. Brianna Ek drove her grandmother’s team of Welsh ponies at the Intermediate level, and was the only one in her class. She did a great job, but had a corrected course in the last hazard.
Winners at Pine Tree go home with a lot of loot! Claire Reid provides snacks and sandwiches for the volunteers and competitors while they wait for the results to be tabulated and announced.