ConToy hosts eventing horse championship
By James Tilson
Oct. 12, 2017
MT. PLEASANT—The Skyline Eventing Course at the ConToy Arena hosted the Area IX Championships this past weekend, Oct. 6-8.
According to Lorraine Jackson of the Skyline Eventing Committee, “To be able to host the Area IX Championships is an incredible honor, especially with how young our event is.”
Eventing is an older, European horse competition, arising out of military drills that were once held to keep cavalry units in a high state of preparedness.
There are three events over three days—dressage, cross country and jumping. Dressage is where the rider shows that he or she has firm control with the horse, which requires exact gaits and moves at specified times.
Cross country is a timed ride over an obstacle course, which tests the horse’s and rider’s ability to navigate impediments. Jumping, of course, tests the ability to get over hurdles in the arena.
The competition attracted 129 riders. The winners of the classes were:
Preliminary championship: James Atkinson on Landonn IiOhf
Preliminary open: Cora Severs on Cuervo
Training championship: Madeline Backus on Reflektion’s Rio (sic)
Training open: Sophie Solon on K Gondolat
Novice B: Erin Johnson on Peterbilt
Novice A: Sarah Berkowitz on Under The Radar
Novice championship: Tani Smihula on Lynx
Beginner novice A: Kelsey Hammond on Little Luna
Beginner novice B: Carly Atkinson on Hungarian Comrade
Beginner novice championship: Erin Contin on Handsome Ransom
Junior YR B novice 1: Katie Henderson on Satine
Test intro open: Rebecca Whittington on Constant Comet