Traverse City, MI - Horse Shows by the Bay I wrapped up its hunter competition today. The second half of the Junior Hunter Division took place today with the Grand Junior Hunter Championship being awarded to Red Panda and Hayley Barnhill.
"He is the best horse; every time we go in I never have to worry about making mistakes. He does his job and he always tries hard. I thought the course was nice. When we went it was pouring rain so that wasn't much fun, but he didn't mind at all, he was perfect," smiled Barnhill.
The pair was champion of the Small Junior Hunters 16-17 and had enough points to take home the Grand Division Championship as well. Barnhill and Red Panda won all four jumping classes and were second in the under saddle. Barnhill took home the reserve champion tricolor also for her ride aboard Epic. Epic was second and third over fences yesterday and second in both jumping classes today. The duo also picked up a fourth place ribbon in the under saddle.
In the Small Junior Hunters 15 and Under, the champion and reserve champion tricolors were awarded to Caitlin Ziegler and her horses Safari and Winterplace. Safari was first, third, and first over fences. Winterplace was fourth, first, third, and third over fences. In the hack, Safari was second and Winterplace was fourth.
The champion of the Large Junior Hunters 16-17 was Rio's Splash and Taylor Ann Adams. They were first and fourth over fences yesterday and first and third today. They also won the under saddle. The reserve champion of the Large Junior Hunters 16-17 was Elliot and Laura Pfeiffer. They were second, sixth, third, and first over fences and third in the hack.
Championship honors in the Large Junior Hunters 15 and Under were awarded to Stars Go Blue and Kelly Arani. The pair earned two blues yesterday for their rounds over fences. They were second in both jumping rounds today as well as second in the hack. The reserve champion of the Large Junior Hunters 15 and Under was Ashton and Meredith Darst. They were third, second, first, and first over fences and fourth under saddle.
The Grand Champion Pony Hunter was Meredith Darst and Wynnbrook's Sandcastle. The Grand Champion Green Pony Hunter was Mackenzie Graves and Sylvandi Kool Kat.
That concludes the hunter competition at Horse Shows by the Bay I. Competition will resume on Wednesday, July 21st at Horse Shows by the Bay II. For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com
Photo Credit: Hayley Barnhill and Red Panda earned the Grand Champion Junior Hunter award at Horse Shows by the Bay I. Photo © 2010 Lauren Fisher/PMG.