I love horsey holiday traditions. Growing up my family’s Thanksgiving tradition was attending Tennessee Valley Hunt’s opening day meet, my two sisters and I riding and my parents following along in the tally ho wagon. The hunt was hosted by a beautiful farm nestled in a bend of the Holston River, and the sight of horses and hounds in the early morning mist could have been a Christmas card. There were bagpipes and warm cider and a big breakfast afterward, and I’ll always be thankful for those memories, and for my family and our horses and the incredible community of horse people who made it possible.
I know many Area 3 eventers feel the same way about Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials. It’s a special event, the penultimate on the 2017 calendar, and many thanks to Janet and Glenn Wilson for opening their arms to the eventing family during the holidays.
A rundown of the weekend’s winners:
Open Prelim: Carmen Schatte & Lady Elvira (30.5)
Prelim/Training: Elizabeth Henry & Charlotte La Bouff (32.8)
Open Training: Emily Beshear & Shame on the Moon (29.3)
Training Rider A: Erin Jarboe & Sir Rockstar (42.6)
Training Rider B: Amy Kaplan & FGF Salisbury Knight (36.1)
Training/Novice: Mellisa Warden & Schikeria (34.9)
Open Novice A: Kate Brown & Dylano Q (25.3)
Open Novice B: Alex Martone & Goldpower (30.8)
Novice Rider A: Jenny Tucker Brinkley & Guinness X (29.3)
Novice Rider B: Emily Thomas & Ohio (33.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Pippa Moon & Bling (30.3)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Marlena Schlerman & The Golden Ticket (32.1)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Elise Mooney & First Lyte (27.9)
See final results here.
A few of your photos from the event:
The weekend started out a bit disappointed with my dressage error but boy did things get put into perspective. A horse fell on cross country (at a higher level than I will ever ride) and was humanely euthanized reminding us all to kiss our friends extra. We came here to tackle my fear of riding on hills and we had a blast on cross country! Somehow we moved up to a 5th place finish! For outrageously detailed accounts of our weekend visit @eventing_husband to see his account of our first trip out of state! #eventingnation #marioncountysporthorse #goeventing #eventinghusband #missyelliot #pinetopeventing
What an amazing weekend at Pine Top! Ziggy and I completed our first clear training cross country! I feel that we have come so far since the beginning of the summer, particularly my confidence and nerves! Super excited for next season and so thankful for my amazing team! Proudly partnered with: @buckwildbreeches #buckwildbreeches #horsesofinstagram #ziggystardust #bigtimeeventing #areyoubigtime #eventing #usea