Report by Lara Morris
Spring finally arrived-- at least for one day, sandwiched between two days of rain and snow, for the annual Hunter Trials. The event, originally planned for Saturday, was moved to a much sunnier Sunday to allow for better riding and tailgating-- and what a success it was.
Brian and Colleen Bassett's beautiful Fox Ridge farm was the picturesque backdrop to this event, which offered classes for all levels-- from a hilltopper division to a 3' division. Just as out foxhunting, there was a place for all to ride. Perhaps most popular and entertaining were the "pairs" and "teams" classes, in which many can be seen cracking some smiles-- or all out giggling-- as they rode together. For those who chose to watch, the rolling hills offered perfect tailgating opportunities. There was nothing but five star reports from anyone there-- riding or watching.
All told there were many riders who came out to compete, results will be provided later. We were excited to see a contingent from the UVA riding team led by Sarah Irvine there to practice outdoor courses for upcoming competitions-- Sarah praised both the organization and the kindness of the affair, along with the gorgeous setting. We were thankful to have the wisdom of Ginger and David Ashcom along with Robin Lundgren judging. MFH Liz King was the organizer and sent out thanks to a long list of volunteers, including Marty and Maccie Dent, Nan Young, Carolyn Chapman, Linda Uihlein, Lynne Taylor, Dale Dealtrey, Sally Powers, Sherry Nedzbala, Joy Crompton, Ann Horner and Karen Bull. Stephanie Guerlain, as always, did a fantastic job taking entries, keeping organized, and promoting the event.
Results will be posted when available.