In honor of Spring Bay Weekend we had our own little horse trial in our backyards! There were only three entires (one very last minute) but all riders and horses finished with smiles! Until we can show again…❤️
Posted by Tess Shull Utterback on Sunday, April 5, 2020
Spring Bay Horse Trials, the Area 8 season opener which takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park and Masterson Station in Lexington, Kentucky, was to be held this past weekend, April 4-5th. Organizers were excited to offer the first Modified level in Area 8, and competitors were looking forward to going eventing once again after a long winter. But as we all know, all USEA recognized events have been cancelled in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Spring Bay included of course.
However, that didn’t stop Area 8 eventer Tess Utterback of Georgetown, Kentucky from having a little fun while honoring Spring Bay this weekend. Tess hosted NOT Spring Bay, as she dubbed it, a backyard event for her daughter Isla Utterback and her mount, the indomitable Crystal Startwist, a young Hobby Horse mare of unknown breeding so that the pair could enjoy an early-season outing. Thankfully, there was excellent media coverage of the event and you can watch interviews with Isla and competition footage of her dressage and cross country rides right here:
And finally, cross country: