Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Memory Ride Hunter Show | 10/9/12

A Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter

Held at Three Runs Plantation, Aiken SC, Sept 30 

By: Lynn Kramp

Laura Hall demonstrates proper form for student/pony.
When I first came up with the idea of putting on a horse show to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, I wanted to make it something a little different from the shows we are used to today. Something more casual and less competitive and less stressful! In the olden days (when I was a kid) a horse show was a community event. Someone’s father ran the beer tent, someone else’s father ran the in-gate and friends and neighbors got an opportunity to catch up with each other. There were no trainers ready to pounce on you when you came out of the ring to dissect every move you made in the ring. It was fun and casual and everyone left happy. If we pouted or whined about results we were quickly told that the horse could be sold and tennis or piano lessons were available!

I have asked around (now that I have come up for air) what memories were created last Sunday and I LOVED the responses. I’ll start with mine.

Seeing Laura Hall’s ponies come over the hill to do their job for the day brought tears to my eyes. Chalk it up to senility.

Several debuts were made on Sunday. Meghan Timmerman got to see her new pony, Presley, jump for the first time with Jane MacDonald and realized she made the right decision when she bought him.

Cityscape, owned by Judith Chun and Lynid Davidson, is a newcomer to Three Runs and was Reserve Champion of the open hunters piloted by John Abbot. Many jaws dropped including my own when I saw this beautiful mare. Lily McCabe rode in her first show on City Limits, whom she is leasing, and was Reserve Champion in the Childrens Hunters Walter and Angela Little partnered up for the first time in the show ring and had a blast. (Along with being very successful) Montreux- owned by Mary Marshall was reserve champion in the open hunters. It was a great time for Mary to ride along side her trainer John Abbott and get to show off her sweet horse to all of her friends and neighbors at Three Runs! All of John Abbott’s riders were very positive about having a great time at the show and I really hope they will come again.

Lorri Sullivan’s high point was watching her baby Girl, Josie, ride in her first horse show and her son, Shane, move up into the walk/trot division. She reiterated again what a fun day it was.

Laura Hall and I spoke the day after the show and she told me her happiest moment was when all her students were finished, ran off for ice cream and came back to watch the show together, not caring who had gotten first, third or last, but all good friends.

Meghan Timmerman also confided in me at how good it made her feel to watch the parents cheering wildly for every single child. Not just their own and not just the winners.

Dawn Beckering won the Captiva Island Resort Vacation in the Silent Auction for her son Steven’s honeymoon.

These are only few snippets I have received and I couldn’t list every ribbon won although I would have liked to. Having spoken with a few exhibitors, I am shamelessly patting myself on the back (along with my friends who volunteered their time and energy) for putting on a special day with good riders, good horses and good people. The little things that make you smile.

This article is copyrighted and first appeared in The Aiken Horse. It is reprinted here by permission.