As expected, this Tuesday at Devon the High Performance Hunters competed under low-lying clouds and light rain. Fortunately, the footing in the Dixon Oval stayed just dry enough for the riders to show their talent in the ring. Neither horse nor rider seemed to mind as the rain spotted hunt jackets and saddles--their eyes were set on bringing home the blue.
The high performance hunter class did not disappoint, despite less-than-desirable weather. Each rider worked in perfect tandem with their horse in a beautiful balance that demonstrated what hunter classes are all about. Teamwork proved key for competitors and their horses, keeping a smooth, even pace, and floating easily across obstacles. Kelley Farmer, riding Taken, was the picture of perfection scoring a 92.00 in her course and placing first. Scott Stewart took home second, and Kelley Farmer followed up on Mythical in third. In the handy class riders showed off their skill for seamless communication, riding bending lines and a trot fence.
Amanda Steege, on her handsome bay Majestic, earned the blue with a score of 87.00. Greg Crolick, who unfortunately went off-course in his first round hunter class, came back with second on Carson, and Hope Glynn took home third. The sky began to lighten as the riders trotted into the ring for the under saddle course, but the rain continued. Out of the nine riders in the under saddle and confirmation class, Scott Stewart riding Showman took home the blue with Kelley Farmer, on Backstory, and Matthew Jenkins on Brooklyn finishing second and third.
The High Performance Hunters put on a beautiful show this damp afternoon at Devon. The rain certainly did not bother horse or rider, and the time and patience put into practicing and training paid off for the competitors.