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  • Writer's pictureMaddy Brown

Getting Out There at BRHJA Spring Premiere

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Though it seemed as if the outside world was coming to a screeching halt, the Riding School girls had a very successful first show weekend of 2020 at the BRHJA Spring Premiere, March 13-15 at Harmon Field.

Cosima Vazsonyi and Minion had a banner debut weekend in the Walk Trot Canter division, earning a Champion and a Reserve Champion! They never finished lower than 2nd all weekend and Cosi rode with confidence and finesse. Minnie is one of the Riding School’s star lesson ponies, and she and Cosi were a force to be reckoned with both days.

Ella Pickren and her leased pony Tuckered Out took on Crossrails for the first time with great results, culminating in a Reserve Champion on Sunday! Ella rode through Tucker’s case of the zoomies on Saturday like a little pro, and they both came out on Sunday ready to bring the heat. Learning to adjust on the fly and under pressure is an excellent skill in any equestrian!

Emma Hill and her own Marrying Kind weren’t messing around in the Progressive Jumpers, earning two seconds and winning the final class by a staggering 10 seconds to secure Champion! Annie was totally in her element back in the show ring and it’s so fun to see how much these two love doing their job together. They also claimed their awesome trophy for BRHJA 2019 Hopeful Jumper Year-End Champion at the banquet the same weekend. Way to go!

Audrey White and Suzy Jackson’s Golden Boy stood their ground in a huge Pre-Child/Adult division, earning 2nds and 3rds among other great ribbons! They’ve been putting in the work all winter long and it was clear to see in their performance. Peyton and Audrey return to the Pre-Children’s ring this year ready to improve on their success from last season.

Grace Hill and her own Caught Red Handed moved into the main ring and up to the Children’s Hunters with style, earning excellent ribbons including a couple of 3rds in a competitive pack! Heat made light work of the bigger jumps and Grace rode with poise and conviction.

Heat also earned a pair of 2nds in the Green Hunters with trainer Maddy Brown on Friday straight off the trailer and into the ring.

Outside the ring, we ran into some issues, but worked through them as a team. When our truck called it quits early Sunday morning (the Curse of Tryon continues), our older girls stepped up to help Maddy with the littles so the adults could focus on the truck, and a wonderful friend lent us a hand to bring our horses and trailer home safely. We're so grateful to have such a wonderful crew that supports one another and to be part of a community that does the same! It looks like our horse show calendar is put on hold, but we’ll be extra ready for the next one, whenever that may be!

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