Harvest Time Show

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By Kayla Benson, with additions & photos by Nancy Brannon

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Over the weekend of November 7-10, 2019, West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association (WTHJA) finished its 2019 horse show season with the Harvest Time Show in Germantown, Tennessee at the GCHS Arena. A little rain and chilly weather did not dissuade riders from coming out and competing. Riders of all ages were there to ride, and some just to watch.

WTHJA show staff were grateful to “our exceptional Judges Reagan Bugg, Matt Piccolo, and Tara Krisle Williams for their time,” help and judging efforts. Show manager Barney Mallace commented: “We had good weather after Thursday's rain. The mornings were cold, but bright sun made it all worthwhile! All trainers got thank you gift bags, as we are so appreciative of everyone's support and attendance. Sunday morning’s breakfast was provided by Einstein Bagels, and Saturday lunch was pizzas provided by Garibaldi's Pizza.”

The highlights of this show were the Hunter Derby and the 1.15m Jumper Classic. Belynda Bond rode Norderney to a first place win in the Hunter Derby, while her student Tiffany Lee took home second and third on Santana and Four Point Oh, respectively.

In the 1.15m Jumper Classic, Bryanne “Breezy” Sambola and Centender 2 took home the blue, while second place went to Ann Marie Cowdrey and  C Tenda, and third place to Reid Rickett and Banderas De Bornival.

This show also featured three Jumper Classics. In the Low Child/Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, Margot Meyer and NZ Redford won the test and Serena Cooper and Brianna were reserve. Meyer and Redford were also Low Children/Adult Jumper Champions.

In the WIHS/NAL Child/Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, Sarah Morris (Finn Mcloud) won first place, followed by Brittany Kasprack and Leonardo Van De Neerheide in second, Alden Mcnamara and Lussinatta in third, and Kayla Benson and Reba in fourth.

Over in the hunter rings, Reynolds Cole was Champion of the Junior Hunters 3’3”/3’6” (combined) and Abigail Arnold was reserve. Jamie Sokoloff and Isabel Dlabach took home champion and reserve of the Childrens Hunters 15-17, respectively.

Kakki Wright and Comaraderie continued their winning streak, taking first in the WIHS/NAL Adult Amateur Classic and Champion in Adult Amateur Hunter.

Kakki said, “My horse has been amazing this year. We’ve done four horse shows in the last two months and he’s been champion at every one. His secret is that he doesn’t want to work hard until he gets in the horse show ring. Then I try to stay out of his way. We’ve had a lot of fun this year and I am so fortunate to have this horse!” Comaraderie is a 12-year-old, 16.1½ h Hanoverian gelding. “He’s so much fun to ride,” Kakki added. As of press time, Comaraderie and Kakki held the number one standing in USHJA Zone 4 Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ division.

In the Green & Regular Pony Hunter Classic, Kate Barton and Alleghany took the blue ribbon, as Kali Wright Ryan and Jack in the Box earned the red ribbon. Kate Barton and Alleghany were also Large Pony Hunter Champions.

Kali and Jack in the Box won the 11& Under Equitation on the Flat and were second in 11& Under Equitation Over Fences. Lois Hill and Ellie Mae won the 11& Under Equitation Over Fences.

Sara Burchfield and Darth Vader were Champions in Small/Medium Pony Hunter. Kali Wright Ryan and Jack in the Box were Reserve.

WTHJA Hunter Champion was Franklin Tennessee, ridden by Naomi Gillen and owned by Laurie Apple.

Personally, I rode two horses at this show, Reba and Corville Z. Reba and I competed in the High Child/Adult Jumpers. Despite her slipping and falling on Friday afternoon, we competed the rest of the weekend. Corville Z and I competed in the Junior Hunters. These two horses are both very different rides. While both challenging, I would say that Reba takes a lot of thinking and less physical effort, but Corville Z requires a lot more strength to hold his big long body together. For Reba, jumpers are her forté and she excels in that ring. For Corville Z, he is more of an all-around horse. He has been in the jumper ring the majority of his career and has only recently moved into the hunter ring.

I could not pick the more difficult horse between the two because they are so different. However, the fact that I am lucky enough to get to ride these horses only makes me a better rider because of the different situations each horse presents me with. I’ve actually learned different ways to ride each horse that has ended up transferring to the other in some way. Both horses tried their hearts out at Harvest Time this year and I could not be more proud of my teammates.

Full results from this show can be found at horseshowsonline.com

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