Tryon Hounds Spring Hunter Pace and Trail Ride

Published 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Western Carolina Hunter Pace and Trail Ride Series April 2 

What makes a Hunter Pace a successful event, you ask?

It is the wonderful combination of eager riders, a village of dependable helpers, and the weather! Considering the downpour just a few days prior to this Hunter Pace, the weather and grounds were as close to perfect as one can get! And that perfect day was April 2, 2017 at Long Shadows Farm in beautiful Campobello, S.C.

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The course designer was Dean McKinney and co-designer was Nelson Minnick. Riding in two Kubotas, Mike Axelrod, Beth Blackwell, Louise Hughston, Dean McKinney, Wesley Moore, and Don West made sure that the trail was well marked with pink ribbons. They were also checking the trails for any storm damage and wet areas.

At the completion of the pace, what goes up must come down. Bonnie Lingerfelt and Dean McKinney were in charge of ribbon removal.

Without land owners’ permissions the Hunter Pace trails would be very short. This weekend, Mike and Kia Atkins hosted the beautiful ride at Long Shadows Farm in Campobello. Jay Alexander and Bob Jordan of Caroland Farms, David Slater, and NPA opened up their property as well, allowing riders a great escape for such a wonderful day.

Ann Pierce took her faithful position as secretary signing in entries totaling 136 riders. Attendance was so great that registration was running out of numbers and had to collect them from the finish line and any of the worker bees who had them.

Cathy Clapp was happily showing off Tryon Hounds merchandise, including some new blue long sleeve shirts and green tote bags. The lunch service tables, under the tents, provided by Heidi Mendez, were attractively decorated by Beckey Barnes. Grill masters Wes Moore and Jim Sumrell prepared grilled sirloin burgers and hotdogs complemented by potato salad, chips, a variety of cookies, iced colas and water.

Volunteers helping with the parking, lunch prep, and serving included Beckey Barnes, Mike Boles, Wendy Hamill, Susan Holderman, Louise Hughston, Dean McKinney, Nelson Minnick, Peter Shanahan, Paul Stathakis, and Don West. One can never tell where they’ll see this band of good workers. Word was that one was at one of the ponds with a camera in hand!

While all of the above was happening, two very special people, Skip Leck and Richard Pierce, were manning the check point. Here the riders rested for three minutes. The riders were offered water, apple juice, and a very smooth Port.

Joey Cabaniss, the timer, was on spot as usual at the start and finish line. He always gives riders the information they need to have a nice ride. Since attendance was so huge, he almost did have to keep the light on!

Lou Smith, the series photographer, was taking photos at the start/finish line and helped call the last team in to cross the finish line. What a glorious day!

The trail was a whopping 12 miles, allowing riders to enjoy the outstanding mountain vistas, streams, and stretches of lush spring grass. There were several drop dead gorgeous photo ops! There were plenty of jump opportunities for those who wished to take them.

The Optimum Time for the 12-mile ride was one hour and 45 minutes. The Pace was set by Huntsman Beth Blackwell.

The turnout was incredible with 136 riders in 67 teams.

Now, let’s get to those results:

There were a total of four riders in two teams in the WINGS Division. This division is set for the fastest riders in the division — those, if you will, who have the “need for speed”! First place honors went to Melissa Champion, Tim Giles, and Brandon Spencer, all from Campobello with a time of one hour, six minutes, 28 seconds. Second place is awarded to Katharine Stancliff, also from Campobello with a time of one hour, 33 minutes, 56 seconds. Folks, these times are 38 minutes and 11 minutes, respectively, faster than the Optimum Time!

There were a total of 41 riders in 25 teams for the Field Hunter Division.

First place honors went to Bonnie Lingerfelt from Columbus with a time of one hour, 34 minutes, 56 seconds. The second place red went to Hannah Bowers and Brittany Whitmire from Brevard with a time of one hour, 57 minutes, 23 seconds. Very close behind, nabbing the third place yellow, was the duo of Jamie Fritsch and Angela Reichardt from Jonesborough, Tenn. with a time of one hour, 57 minutes, 25 seconds. That, ladies and gentlemen, is just two seconds out of second place!

Fourth place honors are awarded to another team from Tennessee, Caleigh Reichardt from Jonesborough and Rachel Turner from Elizabethton, with a time of one hour, 58 minutes, 28 seconds. Fifth place honors go to Kinsley Allaire from Blacksburg with a time of two hours, 16 seconds. Rounding out the placements in the Field Hunter Division is Reagan Burrell from Clover securing sixth place with a time of two hours, 55 seconds.

Other Field Hunters out enjoying the day were Michael and Berdie Axelrod, Holly Bacola, Heather Bounds, Amy Christensen, Cindy Colon, Debbie Croft, Anna Dalton, Ann Fratcher, Hilary Garrison, Marcia Headrick, Diane Hicks, Kathy Hodge, Barb Ketcham, Amanda McDonald, Reed and Roanne McNutt, Holly Mitchell, Kay Mott, Richard Neel, Erin O’Dwyer, Lyn Owen, Fern Powell, Diane Roemer, Elise and Maddie Rogers, Cathy Rotruck, Rebecca Tolson, Elsa Voorhees, TJ Vore, and Faith and Stephanie Wanicka.

There was a total of 91 riders in 40 teams in the Trail Rider Division! The Calculated Optimum Time was three hours, one minute, 52 seconds.

The first place blue ribbon went to Susannah Francis from Mill Spring and Carrie Wiley from Hendersonville with a time of three hours, three minutes, 44 seconds. The duo of Jeanne and David Ahrenholz from Landrum was only seven seconds behind with a time of three hours, three minutes, 51 seconds. Third place honors were awarded to Lyn Martin from Campobello with a time of two hours, 59 minutes, 28 seconds.

Fourth place was awarded to Julie Frederick and Lisa Trojan from Gowansville with a time of two hours, 59 minutes, four seconds. Fifth place honors were awarded to Janet Cummings from Columbus and Paula Moore from Landrum with a time of three hours, five minutes, two seconds. Only 22 seconds behind to win the sixth place green ribbon were Barb Okleson from Tryon and Melissa Van Doren of Landrum. Their time was three hours, five minutes, 24 seconds.

An honorable mention goes to Karen Merrill and Teresa Snyder from York with a time of three hours, five minutes, 35 seconds. An honorable mention is when a team or a single rider are 30 seconds or less off sixth place.

Other Trail Riders out really enjoying the beautiful weather and awesome trails were Nicole Aquilar, Jeremy Ahlum, Korie Albright, Brittany and Zane Annis, Michael Atkins, Karen Benson, Katelyn Beorden, Tara Boyce, Missy Bright, Kristen Brown, Darleen Bullock, Caroline Coates, Doug and Nicole Cobb, Lainie Coeby, Lydia Cox, Natalie Crombie, Michelle Drum, Joni Fielding, Lynn Fitch, James Gregory, Martha Hall, Saylor Hardin, Susan Haslam, Laura Hendley, Jessica Herndon, Kristen Hiller, Mary Holtschaw, Peggy Horton, Elaine and Michaela Hughes, Kristen Hughes, Natalie Hyatt, Nikki Hynes, Patricia Iacomini, Cindy James, Ginny Jennings, Debbie Knebel, Lisa Kotalik, Nancy Kruger, Lori Kunkel, Katie Labbe, Janet Ladd, Donna Lowery, Arlene Lulavage, Anne McIver, Cynthia Milligan, Connie Moore, Meaghan Morris, Kathleen Nebel, DeAnna Norton, Sandy Rhodes, Mary Jane Rice, Sally Rock, Lynn Ronzello, Dewie and Melissa Roof, Emilie Settakeel, Jennifer A Smith, Jennifer R Smith, (Yes, there are two!) Jan Smith, Annette Spencer, Kayla Stacy, Paula Stathakis, Ivey Sumrell, Sydney Swenson, Lenore and Leslie Threlheld, Bobby Turner, Stacie Wadsworth, Eric and Lisa West, Aimee Williams, Jennifer Wilson, Jess Wright, and Sherry Wyatt.

Next up on the Western Carolina Hunter Pace Series will be the River Valley Pony Club’s beautiful Spring Hunter Pace & Trail Ride scheduled for Sunday, April 23, with a rain date of Sunday, May 7 to avoid Rolex weekend when many of our folks will be traveling to Kentucky.

Once again, we will get to enjoy some beautiful trails on the scenic CETA trail system from Collinsville Meadows. Following will be the Biltmore West Range Hunter Pace and Trail Ride on May 14.

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Reported by Missy Bright and Louise Hughston


Western Carolina Hunter Pace and Trail Ride Series standings at April 8 

After 12 of the 15 scheduled events of the 2016-17 Western Carolina Hunter Pace & Trail Ride Series, ties split while others resettle or continue as placements continue shifting, leaving the current standings as follows:

Total # Riders: 688

Field Hunters: 253 

Angela Reichardt is holding the lead with 58 Series points.

Caleigh Reichardt is close behind and in Second Place with 54 Series points earned to date.

Rachel Turner is in Third Place with 52 points earned to date.

Marcia Headrick is currently in Fourth with 47 Series points to date.

Debbie Croft is in Fifth Place with 40 points at this writing.

Amanda Aiello is in Sixth Place with 35 Series points to date.

Nicola Deines is currently in Seventh with 33 points at this time.

Emily Mitchell and Brittany Whitmire are tied in Eighth with 32 Series points accumulated.

Melissa Champion, Amy Christensen and Richard Neel have moved up and are tied for Ninth Place honors at this time with an accumulation of 31 Series points each.

Christina Goen has dropped to Tenth Place with 30 points earned.

Diane Hicks is just out of the placements at this time with 28 Series points.

Rebecca Tolson has earned 27 Series points to date.

Hannah Bowers and Tim Giles have each earned a total of 25 points at this writing.

Jamie Fritsch has 23 Series points at this writing.

Tracey Rouse has earned 20 points to date.

Kelly Hart and Sylvia Riddle have 19 Series points apiece.

Aileen Wawrzaszek has 18 Series points at this time.

Brandon Spencer has earned 17 points to date.

Carla Fullam, Erin & Reine Pagliano and have each earned 15 points.

Heidi Trull has accumulated 14 Series points to date.

Holly Bacola, Stephanie Easler, Ann Fratcher, Danielle Lamb, Bonnie Lingerfelt, and Lyn Owen have each earned 13 Series points at this time.

Heather Bounds, Pam Hilsman, Kathy Hodge, and Donna Schwind have each earned 12 points to date.

Kathy Bethka, Dana Cain, Anna Dalton, Leah Edwards, and Amy Orsini are tied with 11 points apiece to date.

Tracy Estes, Shauna Moore, Allen Wawrzaszek and Sanders Wyatt have each earned ten Series points at this writing.

Frances Brown, Pam Burrows, Kate Dilworth, Lorie Fleenor, Nina Hopper, Sam Johnson, Megan McCoy, Brenda McNenny, Jane Patten Polk, Monique Ravesloot, Elise Rogers, Levi Roper, and Shelle Russell each have an accumulation of nine Series points to date.

Eight Series points have been earned to date by Karen Brockway, Regan Burrell, Amy Gantt, Nancy Mason, Peter Shanahan(2nd Ride), Katharine Stancliff, Theresa Tyree, and Stephanie Wanicka.

Kinsley Allaire, Roberta Axelrod, Ann Brumback, Carolyn & Tom Cadier, Lauren Leistner, Ted Owen, Linda Plummer, Janine & Tom Stenson, Jenny Taylor, and Lisa West have each earned seven points at this writing.

Karl Alexander, Samantha Cason, Caprice Fullam, Desiree Hill, Barbara Ketcham, Nancy Klouda, Holly Mitchell, Stephanie O’Neill, Scott Tate, TJ Vore, and Autumn Wanicka have six Series points to date.

Michael Axelrod, Bryan Baire, Susan Haldeman, Jeff & Sam Hines, Kelsey Hooper, Amanda McDonald, Sydney Miles, Barbara Mobley, Jaime Robertson, Diane Roemer, Samantha Roubaud, Alan Taylor, and Linda Tesar have each earned five points at this writing.

Irene Backer, Mike Bass, Rachel Childers, Julie Cook-Walker, Samuel Crain, Cindy Davis, Richie Fleming, Elizabeth Greene, Shannon Jackson, Kim LaScala, Heidi Mendez, Gena Meredith, Catherine Mooneyham, Fern Powell,Sara Riggins, Casidie Rose, Susan & Terry Russell, Peter Shanahan, Emma Skelton, Else Voorhees, and Lisa Woodson have earned four points apiece to date.

Martha Hall, Anne McIver, and Tom Trull, have each earned three Series points at this time.

Two completion points apiece at this time for: Annie Ager, Korie Albright, Susan Anway, Maggie Arnold, Camille Bailey, Carrie Baris, Isabella Barker, Morgan Baudean, Dalton Bell, Arielle Berrios, Virginia Borthwick, Chelsea Brooks, Sydney Broussard, Jennifer Brown, Morgan Brown, Sandi Burgdof, Kathe Burklow, Rachel Butterworth-Tice, Zoe Carlin, Bryton Champion, Trevor Chavez, Cindy Clifton, Cindy Colon, Stephanie Culbertson, Callie Deines, Erin Desrosiers, Val DeVine, Becky Deyton, Mia Dube, Kaitlynn Dunegan, Trisha Dunn, Annette Eaton, John Erickson, Rachel Garcia, Hilary Garrison, Katharine Geisler, Whitney Gillen, Catherine Gillet, Beth Goldizen, Kendrick Govan, Elizabeth Gregory, Paula Hammond, Betty Hill, Mary Hodgkin, Rebecca Horne, Anne & Rachel Howard, Renee Hudson, Sandra Hunter, Kristen Jarrett, Donald Jerfferis, Kris Johnson, Lilly Johnson, Alana Kaible, Cindy Kaufman, Carol Land, Carson Langston, Elyssa LaRock, Anna & Mary LaVigne, Keri Lewis, Carson Longstone, Christian Lopez, Natalie Luttrell, Caroline MacKey, Carson Manley, Sadie Mann, Jenna Marshman, Tiffany Mattos, Hanna Maupin, Sarah Maurer, Dean McKinney, Tess McNally, Reed & Roanne McNutt, Andy Miles, Gabby Miller, Rachel Miller, Nelson Minnick, Bayliss Mitchell, Paula Moore, Anna & Madeline Mostrom, Kay Mott, Carrie Nicholson, Erin O’Dwyer, Taryn Page, Jennifer Perkins, Chandra Phelps, Katie Pierce, Jules Porter, Asher Quinn, Crosby Reed, Brian Reischman, Maddie Rogers, Suzanne Rogers, Cathy Rotruck, Lindsay Sloas, Monica Smyth, Lisa Spriggs, Kayla Stacy, Kirsten & Tom Stanley, Penny Sullivan, Michelle Summer, Clare Summers, Tiffany Swiney, Eileen Taylor, Ettele Toole, Victoria Ullique, Erin Walker, Julie Wallace, Faith Wanicka, Regina Weeks, Karen Williams, Anita Williamson, Jenna Wilson, Jillian Wodridge, Shane Woodson and Amy Wooten.

Last, but certainly not least, with one Series point each at this time we have Maggie Coombs, Alison Harp, Marianne Moore, and JoAnn Trull.

Trail Riders: 435 

Missy Bright is holding the lead with 53 points at this time.

Bobby Turner is close behind in Second with 52 Series points to date.

Jan Smith is in Third with 49 Series points at this writing.

Nikki Hynes is in Fourth with 38 points at this time.

Doug & Nicole Cobb are tied with DeAnna Norton for Fifth Place honors at this time, each having earned 36 Series points to date.

Michelle Drum and Valerie Quinn are tied in Sixth with 33 Series points at this writing.

Lynn Fitch is in Seventh Place with an accumulation of 32 points at this writing.

Susan Haslam and Debbie Knebel are tied in Eighth place with 30 points earned apiece.

Arlene Lulavage has moved up into Ninth Place with a current count of 29 points.

Lin Martin, Karen Merrill and Teresa Snyder are currently tied in Tenth with 27 Series points earned to date.

Kristen Hughes and Jennifer Smith are currently first out of the ribbons with 26 Series points each at this time.

Darleen Bullock has earned 25 points to date.

Jennifer Wilson has 24 Series points at this time.

Lisa Kotalik and Carrie Wilsey have each earned 23 points to date.

Connie Moore has 22 Series points.

Susannah Francis, Sarah Lawing and Katie Lowder are tied with 21 points earned.

Sharon Maxwell has earned 20 Series points to date.

Natalie Hyatt, Lori Kunkel, and Sydney Swenson have an accumulation of 19 Series Points apiece.

Jeanne Ahrenholz, Erin Fletcher, Cindy James, and Forrest Samuels have each earned 15 points to date.

Kristen Brown, Joanna Cromartie, Cordelia Gaupo, Saylor Hardin, Emma Lane, Paula Moore, and Jennifer R Smith each have 13 Series points at this time.

Evie Good has a current accumulation of 12 points.

Jackie Burke, Elizabeth Dicey, Tom Eizembor, Cindy Hansult, Jessica Herndon, Barb Oklesen, John Pierce, Melissa Van Doren, and Diane Wilson have each earned 11 Series points at this writing.

Joleen Eizembor, Jennifer Gruhn, Bette Sumrell Mann, Arden Pierce, Lisa Trojan, and Sherry Wyatt have ten points accumulated.

Janet Cummings, Charla Draper, Madlyn Fox, Barbara Ketcham, Jeanine Pierce, Annette Spencer, and Stacie Wadsworth have a current count of nine points apiece.

David Ahrenholz, Alexis Botchie, Tara Boyce, Destiney Edwards, Katheryn Eilders, Julie Frederick, Joy Griffin, Kathryn Gruhn, Nancy Hasselbring, Llyn Josef, Nancy Kruger, Antje Richter, Donna Searby, Kim Sigmonl, and Lisa West have a current accumulation of eight Series Points each.

Irene Backer, Hannah Bauchat, Kathy Davis, Catherine Gillet, Laura Hendley, Mary LaVigne, Patti Lovelace, Claire Moore, and Mary Stoehr have each earned seven points to date.

Karen Benson, Mimi Delaney, Stephanie Easler, Elizabeth Galloway, Susie Justus Hill, Elaine & Michaela Hughes, Patricia Iacomini, Ginny Jennings, Debra Kennerly, Rene McDaniel, Susan Melvin, Cynthia Milligan, Rebecca Murphy, Karyn Owen, Ann Ramsey, Mary Jane Rice, Janna Ritacco, Susette Schellin, Cathy Seager, Joyce Smartt, Jan Solovey, Debbi Stanfield, Kate Walkonen, Aimee Williams, and Kris Yon have each earned six Series points.

Natalie Crombie, Colleen Hargroves, Kelsey Hudson, Delene Huggins, Claire Kennedy, Amy Mims, Lyn & Ted Owen, Susan Smolka, and Lindsey Weicker have each earned five Series points to date.

Four points apiece have been earned to date by: Beverly Baines, Allison Baskins, Tammy Bodack, Zoe Carlin, Caroline Coates, Lydia Cox, Tom Erickson, Kyle & Olivia Farmer, Kelley Featheringill, Joni Fielding, Kay Fleenor, Rebecca France, Tracy Godfrey, Carolyne Groves, Dawn Harrison, Peggy Horton, Anne Howard, Renee Hudson, Tracey Hudson, Jessica Johnson, Brenda Jozner, Jill Kelly, Susan Knickerbocker, Christy Ledbetter, Martha Love, Donna Lowney, Ali Merritt, Rachel O’Brien, Jessica Owen, Beverly Ozmon, Dakota Poniatowski, Ashley Reeves, Sally Rock, Christine & Megan Salyer, Josie Smith, Lauren Smith, Paula Stathakis, Janine & Tom Stenson, Ivey Sumrell, Ron Syrko, Emily Thomas, Virginia Thompson, Wendy Tomlinson, Theresa Tyree, Judi Vogt, Molly Watson, Olivia Wilsey, Maxine Winesett, and Kris Wynne.

Barbara Claussen, Cheyenne Davis, Mary Holtschaw, Ann & Tony Hubbuch, Sara & Teresa Lyter, Anne & Richard Pierce, and Carol & C.R. Stanley each have a current accumulation of three Series points.

With two Series points each: Nicole Aguilar, Jeremy Ahlum, Korie Albright, Lisa Anderson, Emoll Annettodges, Brittany & Zane Annis, Addison Arends, Michael Atkins, Melissa Baines, Bryan Baire, Becky Barnes, Margo Barrett, Jennifer Bayne, Ellen Bell, Melanie Bell, Katelyn Beorden, Laura Bierly, Jodie Blaisure, Brandon Blankenship, Cassidy Bock, Gail Bolt, Emily Bowman, Brian Boyd, Joy Boyer, Randell Bradburn, Nellie Brennecke, Ann Bridges, Alaina & M.C. Brooks, Becky Brown, Morgan Brown, Stephanie Brown, Susie Brown, Reagan Burrell, Jackie Burt, Elizabeth & Marc Caldwell, Delia Callahan, Melissa Cameron, Candice Carr, Tevis Cazedessus, Katherine Christensen, Lainie Coeby, Cathleen Coggins, Shannon Collett, Erika Conklin, Tonette Corn, Missy Covington, Carrie Crawford, Sandra Cribbs, Heather Cross, Katie Cummings, Elaine Czarnecki, Sandy Dantone, Bob & Terri Davenport, Jennifer Dawdney, Mike Dechant, Cory Delehanty, Becky Deyton, Joanne Diimani, Gabrielle DiLemme, Sarah Dippy, Debbie Doscha, Della Driver, Cindy Easer, Chris Farrell, Michael Field, Amanda Fisher, Henry Fleming, Crystal Fogleman, Avery & Kimberly Freeman, Erin Gambrell, Sherry Garnes, Amy Gee, Sara Gibbens, Deana Gilliam, Debbie & Mike Godfrey, Beth Greene, Betsy Greenwood, James Gregory, Kristi Guimaraes, Michael Guire, Susan Haldeman, Martha Hall, Tammy Hannah, Kimberly Hannu, Madison Harris, Robin Harward, Gena Haskell, Lynn Hathcock, Madeleine Hepting, Tara Herrero, Gwen Hill, Kristin Hiller, Carol Anne Hodges, Sherrill Howard, Calisa Hughes,  Jamie Hutchins, Sandra Hyder, Janet Isaac, Susan Jackson, Marilu Jason, Lilly & Patti Johnson, Sherrie Johnson, Charlotte Jones, Megan Jornigan,  Linda Klimeiker, Susan Kocher, Cathie & Deb Kornacki, Mackenzie Kothe, Keri Kruger, Kelly Kuykendall, Katie Labbe, Janet Ladd, Sue Lampton, Linda Latimer, Kendall LeDuc, Ellen Lewis, Keri Lewis, Bonnie Lingerfelt, Britney Link, Meg Littleton, Madison Lovelace, Brent Lowery, Jennifer Martell, Andrew Maunder, Annie Lane Maunder, Rebecca McCall, Kitty McCammon, Hannah & Sarah McClintock, Connie McConnell, Soline McGee, Anna-Kelly McGonigle, Deanna Mcilwain, Anne McIver, Heidi Mendez, Courtney Meyer, Larrie Jo Miller, Elizabeth Minewiser, Marianne Moore, Donna Morris, Meaghan Morris, Kay Mott, Gretchen Mullinax, Mariah Narup, Kathleen Nebel, Allison Neely, Carol Neely, Erin O’Dwyer, Kaitlyn Owen, Shirley Palmer, Michele Parrish, Gail Patton, Ditte Phillips, Jamie Pierce, Katie Pierce, Madeline Pipitone, Boyce Pitts, Traci Pless, Linda Plummer, Eva Pool, Stephanie Poole, Judith Possinger, Brooke & Shana Proffit, Laurel Pyatt, Anna Rahing, Lacey Ramey, Ali Ranson, Monique Ravesloot, Sandy Rhodes, Allison Rhyne, Lynn Ronzello, Dewie & Melissa Roof, Kim Sabatini, Wendy Schonfeld, Leslie B Scott, Emilie Settakeel, Ruth Shaw, Kayce Shelton, Daniel Short, Cindy Smith, Jennifer D Smith, Kayla Stacy, Shelby Stewart, Andrea Stoll, Brooke Storms, Kristi Suber, Scott Tate, Pamela Temby, Donna Thomas, Debbie Thrasher, Lenore & Leslie Threlkeld, Leonore Threlkill, Katie Tighe, Terri Tilghman, Willow Tomlinson, Heidi Trull, TJ Vore, Treva Walters, Felicity Waugh, Sherry Webb, Ginny Weber, Barbara West, Eric West, Lilia White, Frederike Wilday, Kathryn Wilkie, Michelle Williams, Debra Witt, Patricia Woods, D’Lee Worden, Sam Worley, Jess Wright and A.K.Zimmerman.

Last, but certainly not least, one attendance point apiece has been earned by Jennifer Bannister, Cindy Boyle, Clarence Chambers, Benay Daniel, Jill Davis, Kat Dooley, Shawn Fetzer, Suess Fraser, Charles Gregory, Makenna Holden, Crystal Hooper, Larry Huff, Dru Kennedy, Michelle Klopp, Lisa Maloney, Anne Schmid, Mary Schultz-Rathbun, Alexandra Spencer, Yasmin Straitiff, Josie Thompson, Bonnie Whisnant, Emma Whitaker, and Caroline & Wade Young.

Next up on the Western Carolina Hunter Pace and Trail Ride Series, after a break for Easter, will be the beautiful River Valley Pony Club scheduled for Sunday, April 23, followed by the Biltmore Spring Hunter Pace on Sunday, May 14 and then the final competition of the season with Scotsgrove Farm on Saturday, May 27.

After these last three events, we will close the Series for the season with our Year End Gathering and Awards in late June, so be sure to check the schedule and come play with us!

Always remember to check for all upcoming events, news, articles, photos, placements and contact information.

Thank you to our photographer, Lou Smith, for being at every event to capture the riders and their mounts as they fly over jumps, canter through the fields and enjoy the beautiful area trails.  Hit “Store” on the website to view the pictures and scroll through the list on the left to find the album you want to check next.  If you like, you can place an order online.

For information on the Western Carolina Hunter Pace & Trail Ride Series e-mail Series Coordinator, Jan Smith at, or at 828-894-8760.


Reported by Jan Smith