Monthly Archives: October 2010

Flint Hill Trail Ride

I was unaware of the annual trail ride to benefit the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Company until asked to take photos this year but it has been held for the past few years on more than 700 spectacular acres in the Virginia Piedmont region. The gracious land owners host the two day trail ride, permit overnight camping and provide food to the participants. Two trails were marked, one 14 miles and the other 7 miles; some riders finished one, ate lunch at the campsite and went back out to ride the other. Whether you normally show, foxhunt or trail ride, this is definitely an event to put on your calendar for next year.

The first part of the trail was through the woods, with stream crossings.

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Then it wound up into the mountains before coming back down.

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People rode alone

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And with friends. But in all directions the scenery was stunning.

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I was fascinated by the camp site where people strung up paddocks with a few sticks and twine. These enclosures wouldn’t have contained my dogs, let alone my horses, yet these horses were content to stay put.

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I doubt I’ll be taking photos again next year because I fully intend to ride!

Posted in Other Equestrian Events

Morven Park Steeplechase Races

On Saturday steeplechase racing in Virginia moved to Morven Park. The weather was lovely but there seemed to be fewer spectators than in the past, which is a shame because it’s a nice course for viewing the races. For more photos of the horses please visit my steeplechase gallery.

The first two races were over hurdles with a lot of entries. In both cases the fields were tight over the last fence. Legendary Pacer (on the left) with Ross Geraghty chased down Green Velvet with Danielle Hodsdon (on the right) in the stretch to win the maiden hurdle race.
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Canardly won the second hurdle race and was claimed for a new owner. Here he is in the paddock before the race with his groom.
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Roddy Mackenzie won the first flat race on Jellyberry.

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I’m Telling and Jacob Roberts won the timber race. This horse is lots of fun to watch because he usually jumps high over every fence and loves to run in front. This time, however, Atrium passed I’m Telling before the last jump where I’m Telling chipped in and hung a leg before making a huge leap to maintain his balance. Most of us were surprised as he pulled past Atrium in the stretch.

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The final race was the Virginia bred flat race and it was even more unexpected. Coming out of the paddock, Love Colony and Paddy Young parted ways and Love Colony romped around the race course for quite some time. He was eventually caught near the starting point and Paddy ran 1/8 mile down the course to get back on. The two led for the entire seven furlong race and cruised easily over the finish line.

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And finally it’s thirst business being an outrider’s mount.

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Posted in Horse Racing, Steeplechase