Trail Riders, Susie Justus-Hill & Debbie McGrath, and their mounts enjoy a cooling splash thru the water at the FENCE Hunter Pace. (photo by Lou Smith)

FENCE fall hunter pace event

Published 3:38pm Monday, December 5, 2011

Wow; that’s about the best word for the FENCE Fall Hunter Pace. FENCE offers so much for any level or discipline to riders, it’s no wonder there is such a consistently vast turnout.
The treats of riding at FENCE are the water feature with various jumps and obstacles in and around the water, the jumps all along the trails, Sheila’s playground, the waterfall trail with its trickling brook and riding the steeplechase course at any pace you choose.
The distance was just under 10 miles if you counting the excursions on the cross country course and steeple chase track. Now, the results:
The optimum time for the Field Hunter Division was 1 hour, 31 minutes. The calculated optimum time for Trail Rider Division was 2 hours, 23 minutes and 44 seconds. There were 89 field hunters in 42 teams, and 113 trail riders in 51 teams for a total of 202 riders.

 

Field Hunter, Jan Ellis, and her mount enjoying the varied jumps on the cross-country course at the FENCE Fall Hunter Pace. (photo by Lou Smith)

First place for the Field Hunter Division was Christina Chappell of Lyman and Emily Mitchell of Greer with a time of 1 hour, 31 minutes and 54 seconds.
The red ribbon went to Beth Goldizen of Roebuck and Krista Rose of Fountain Inn with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes and 44 seconds.
Third place went to Sarah Hendricks Mills River and Andy Von Canon and Brittany Whitmire of Brevard with a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 45 seconds.
Fourth place went to Patti Lovelace and Lindsey Newsom of Tryon with a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes and 57 seconds. Fifth place went to Marion Connor of Columbus, Harold Pfeiffer of Mill Spring and Stephanie Schulte of Tryon with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 53 seconds.
Taking home the blue ribbon in the Trail Rider Division was awarded to Christopher and Donna Monagle of Pauline with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 27 seconds.
Second place went to James and Shea Black and Julie Ross of Easley with a time of two hours, 22 minutes and 51 seconds. Third place went to Lisa Spriggs of Campobello and Skyler Warren of Tryon with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 37 seconds. Fourth place went to Deanna Ermson of Inman and Alex Roncati of Ranseur with a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 55 seconds. Fifth place went to Melanie Lawrence of Woodruff and Michelle Driscoll of Greer with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 44 seconds.
Prepare for the holidays and finish the calendar year’s paces at H.A.L.T.E.R.’s Hunter Pace on Dec. 11 at Camp Croft.
Remember to check the website WCHPace.org for all upcoming events.
For information on the Western Carolina Hunter Pace & Trail Ride Series, email series coordinator Jan Smith at jan@wchpace.org or wchpace@windstream.net or call her at 828-894-8760.
- article submitted by Linda Farris

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