Steeplechase to swap amateur race for pony race

Published 4:58 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For the first time, the Block House Steeplechase will host a pony race in place of the amateur race. The River Valley Pony Club will provide gifts for winners.
Interested riders are welcome to attend an informational session on Sunday, Jan 29 at 3 p.m. at the new Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TRHC) office located at the Green Creek Equestrian Park.
Annie Maunder, renowned trainer and coach, will speak about the proper conditioning of ponies participating in the event.  Kelly Murphy, thoroughbred breeder and race official, will be on hand to discuss the rules and regulations of racing.
There will be two divisions; one for riders ages 13 -18 and a second for riders 18 and over. Riders under 18 must have an official trainer/coach.  Entries are limited to eight riders in each division. Ponies must be 14.2 hands or under.
Attendance at two mandatory meetings is required.  One will be mounted. Race/safety committee will have final determination of suitability of potential racing pairs.
The new TRHC office address is: 6985 S. Hwy. 9, Columbus. For more information, call 828-859-6109 or visit
– article submitted
by Laura Weicker)