FENCE Fall Hunter Pace and Trail Ride
Published 12:12 pm Monday, November 13, 2023
The FENCE Fall Hunter Pace was held on Sunday, November 5, at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, and riders enjoyed some of the many trails throughout the property. Jan Bellows and Jean Wright assisted riders in navigating the one-way road from the show side to the Cross-Country side trails. Riders skirted the Cross-Country field but were allowed to play there if they chose to do so. The course was set by Don Cash and Judith Kerns.
The Registration Office was efficiently run by Tracie Hanson, executive director of FENCE, and Jean Wright. As the teams prepared to hit the trails, they were greeted at the start line by starter/timer extraordinaire, Joey Cabaniss and his trustworthy assistant, Ashley Miller. The wonderful lunch was offered by Foothills providing burgers BBQ sandwiches or plates, wraps and burgers.
The next time you see or hear from one of the following landowners, please thank them. The landowners are Lauren Field, Shelley Contin-Hubbs, David Hubbs, Lisa Huston, Kristin and Larry Hylland, Larry Jundt, Bill and Judith Kerns, Brian and Kristi Madey, John and Nancy Partridge, Dawn Repp, Gail Rubini, W.J. Spencer, Elizabeth Anne Turner, Larry Wassong, Petsey and Ron Wilson, and Jean Lindley Wright.
Congratulations to the team of Elena Perea and Allison Thompson for winning the Best Turned Out Medal. This is an extra that FENCE offers.
There were 45 riders in 22 teams in the Field Hunter Division. The Optimum pre-set time was one hour and 52 minutes. The riders who set the Field Hunter Optimum Time were Anita Crouse, Ann Fratcher and Christine Vincent.
First Place honors were awarded to the team from Tennessee, Dena Kelley from Surgoinsville and Donna Schwind from Johnson City with a time of one hour, 52 minutes, 34 seconds. Beth and Camille Fiszer from Roebuck were close behind for second place with a time of one hour, 50 minutes, 49 seconds. Leslie Lattazano from Spartanburg placed third with a time of one hour, 53 minutes, 40 seconds. Fourth place was awarded to the team of Savannah Adkins and Raelyn Spencer from Marion with a time of one hour, 54 minutes. Fifth place was awarded to the team of Morgan Beaudreau from Pisgah Forest, Carol Land from Etowah, Aneta O’Connor from Charlotte, and Melicia Payne from Hendersonville. Their time was one hour, 49 minutes, 43 seconds. Rounding out the placements in the Field Hunter Division for sixth place was the team of Barb DiPalma from Inman and Mary Macy from Greer with a time of one hour, 47 minutes, 46 seconds.
In the Trail Rider Division, there were 92 riders in 42 teams. The Calculated Optimum Time was two hours, 43 minutes, 11 seconds.
First place honors were awarded to the team of Susan Angermeier from Chesnee, Missy Bright from Campobello, and Ronnie Mann and Nancy Mason from Columbus with a time of two hours, 44 minutes, 20 seconds. Second place was awarded to solo rider Elizabeth Ruff from Marion with a time of two hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds. Just a mere 18 seconds behind was the team of Jessica Braznell from Leicester and Danielle Lamb from Marion with a time of two hours, 41 minutes, 27 seconds. Fourth place was awarded to the team of Julie Burnett and Andrew Minaudo from Mill Spring with a time of two hours, 45 minutes. Solo Rider Meaghan Morris from Landrum placed fifth with a time of two hours, 40 minutes, eight seconds. Rounding out the placements for the Trail Rider Division for sixth place was the team of Kris Astle and Jessica Doutaz from Simpsonville, Michaela Burkhardt from Greer, Taylor Docktor from Woodruff, and Brandy Johnston from Belton. Their time of two hours, 48 minutes, 30 seconds.
There were two riders in the Mini-Pace ride, Kristin Means and Brandi Miller. Their time was one hour, 46 minutes, 54 seconds.
Next up on the Western Carolina Hunter Pace Series is Goodwin Hounds Thanksgiving Hunter Pace and Trail Ride to be held on Sunday, November 19. The Rain date is the following Sunday. Registration is Truck-Side so please have your forms ready.
Submitted by Missy Bright