The 8th Southern Pines CDE started off Thursday with the Horse Inspection for the Advanced Division. All passed. We have 11 entries for the USEF Single Horse Championship, 2 horse pairs, 2 pony pairs, and 2 single ponies in the Advanced division. The Preliminary single pony class is the largest with 14 entries.
The event really kicked off at the briefing which was followed by a ‘draw’ for dressage times for the Championship class. The drivers all came forward and drew numbers out of a box. That number was the order for them to come forward and choose a bottle of champagne that had a number on the bottom which indicated the order in which they would drive their dressage. Sara Schmitt drew the number one slot.
Following the briefing and draw, a southern style dinner of barbecued ribs, cole slaw, baked beans and other dishes was served. With the sponsors’ tent set between the two dressage rings, competitors could eat, walk their tests and come back for a beverage, or even seconds!
The weather is picture perfect – perhaps a little on the warm side after a colder than normal winter and spring here in Southern Pines. The dogwood, azaleas, wisteria are in full bloom, as is the pine pollen.
Dressage started on time, and has stayed on time. Dave Wright, our announcer, is keeping everyone up to date. Two rings are running simultaneously, with the Preliminary entries judged by Boots Wright and Marcie Quist. The Intermediate and USEF Advanced entries are judged by Anne-Marie Turbe, Peter Bonhof and Martha Hanks Nicoll. Richard Nicoll is the course designer, but has been helpful in so many ways from filling water tanks, to touching up some painting, and moving trash cans!
Mike Arnold is here not only to watch Jacob drive but to make sure that Live Scoring goes off without a hitch.
Everyone is struggling to get used to all the new rules!