Barbara Sims Back on Top With Errisistable as The ADS Preliminary Single Pony Champion

Monday, September 21, 2020
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Mill Spring, NC – September 20, 2020 – The ProElite Tryon CDE concluded with the Cones phase at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), wrapping up three days of competition and the ADS North American Preliminary & Intermediate Championships. The inaugural event saw competitors in 18 classes compete at the venue, marking the first time Combined Driving was hosted there since the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG).

Barbara Sims and Errisistable ©TIEC
Barbara Sims and Errisistable ©TIEC

In the Championship Preliminary Single Pony Class, Barbara Sims (SC) and Errisistable, a 2009 Dutch Harness Horse mare came out on top with a total score of 119.32. In reserve, Jim Hudson (SC) piloted Razel CAF, his 2004 Halfinger mare, to a total score of 124.99. Sims and Hudson train together, she revealed, and were close competitors heading into the final phase:

“We were second in Dressage, and we were four points behind then. After Marathon, we made up six points, so it was really close heading into Cones. Jim and I both train with Janelle Marshall, and he was even at my house twice last week training! That makes it really fun.”

Errisistable is returning to competition after healing from an injury for a while, Sims explained, and this weekend was her first Marathon experience back at the Preliminary level. “She’s a Dutch Harness Horse – registered KWPN. She is just a freak in that she’s a pony instead of a horse – people don’t realize that Dutch Harness Horses can come in small packages. This was just a fun event for us!”

Barbara Sims and Errisistable ©Mary Phelps
Barbara Sims and Errisistable ©Mary Phelps

Sims is an experienced Combined Driving athlete and purchased Errisistable following years of success with “Flyer,” and she’s looking forward to continuing to compete. “Prior to having this mare, I was an Advanced Driver with my pony, Flyer, who was one of the best Dressage Ponies in the U.S. I bought this one to be my next pony. I’ve been driving for 23 years. This was my first time here ever, and it was just amazing. I just turned 70 this year and I’m still trying to have fun, so I’m looking forward to being in more competitions, and I’m hoping we get to come back here soon.”

Sims admitted that she was cautious heading into Marathon for the first time, but said it felt to be back on course. “I was a little nervous about Marathon, but she was really right with me the whole time. I’m not as smooth as I was a few years ago, but we’ll do it a few more times and get back there! She’s really strong going uphill, which is really a lot of fun, and there were a lot of hills for her to really grab in and run. It was really fun, and felt good to be back! Driving on the golf course was really cool. I’m just thrilled with the weekend… I had so much fun. And the weather was perfect!”