March 23, 2017
Learn to Event
Middle Tennessee Pony Club (MTPC) gave an opportunity for new competitors to experience the fun of eventing. On July 18, 2015 MTPC hosted a "Learn to Event" show at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee. The show offered Beginner Novice, Starter, Amoeba, and Pre-Amoeba levels.
Among those attending were riders from Ulric Equestrian Center of Byhalia, MS, with head trainer/manager/instructor Shannyn Welsh. Shannyn was excited to attend this show as she is just starting in eventing. Her experience is mainly in Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Gaited Pleasure, Western and colt starting. So this was a new venture for Shannyn and her student.
In May of this year Ulric Equestrian Center started training Missy Carlisle’s horse Roads Rambler, aka Scooter, for English riding. The ex-reining Quarter Horse gelding has since found his niche as a jumper and eventing horse. His first time out in the Beginner/Novice division, with a challenging course of 18 cross country jumps, he had a good score in dressage at 26.58, had only 4 faults in stadium jumping, and finished with an overall winning score of 30.58.
Shannyn won the Senior Beginner Novice division with him and received a blue ribbon for Scooter’s winning dressage score.
Her student Missy Carlisle competed Scooter in the Senior Amoeba division. She finished with a score of 32.5, also earning a blue ribbon.
Shannyn said, “The show was wonderfully run and I truly enjoyed the atmosphere! We stabled at Walnut Trace Farm in Nashville, which is a gorgeous facility with a highly professional setting and staff. I will be coaching and traveling to shows with my students and horses in the near future to get more experience in eventing. I invite everyone to enjoy this sport and to support MTPC as well as other Pony Clubs in the region. They truly provide a great example for learning equestrians to become excellent riders and horse owners.”
The Mid-South Horse Review is grateful to official photographer Carissa Lynn Ramsdell for sharing some of her photos. Find more of her photos at: www.nikkrody.com
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