Pinetop! Our favorite place.
Great way to finish up the year, a win for Treys last Training Level Cross Country
Pine Top’s November H.T. in Thomson, Georgia, is a beloved Thanksgiving tradition for many Area III eventers. Some 140 horse-rider combinations turned out for this year’s edition, and soggy grey skies did little to dampen anyone’s spirits. If there wasn’t much blue overhead, there was at least plenty of blue satin to go around — here’s presenting your Thanksgiving weekend winners!
Open Prelim: Samantha Bielawski & Stick with Richie (42.6)
Preliminary / Training: Cindy Phillips & Third Times The Charm (37.6)
Open Training: Devon Brown & Hickstead (26.7)
Training Rider-A: Erin Thiel & Allia (28.3)
Training Rider-B: Kaitlyn Brittendall & Blyth’s Madeline GS (27.9)
Training / Novice: Emily Cardin & Polar Express (45.0)
Novice Rider-A: Laura Edison & Major Tom (31.2)
Novice Rider-B: Lara Roberts & Nimbalina (28.1)
Open Novice: Kaitlin Hartford & First Around (34.8)
Beginner Novice Rider: Tessa Geven & Tullymor’s Houdini (26.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Nobie Cannon & Asante (25.3)
View complete results here. Congrats to all! And, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, an extra round of applause to dedicated volunteers at Pine Top and beyond:
It takes a village! Please thank the volunteers today for their dedication to the sport and this event!
Bonus: This open letter from one Pine Top competitor truly embodies the startbox-or-bust spirit of eventing. Click “See More” to view the whole post — it’s worth it. (And, as a bit of happy eventing karma, Helen would soon discover that Pine Top actually discourages braiding — they’d rather competitors use that time to go over their dressage test!)
Dear Pine top. And everyone at Pine top. And everyone with opinions about pine top. And everyone who events.
Come hell or high water, braids or no braids, Go Eventing!