Goodwin Hounds Thanksgiving Hunter Pace and Trail Ride
Published 4:47 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Goodwin Hounds held their 2023 Thanksgiving Hunter Pace at Scotsgrove Stables on Sunday, November 19. The day started very cool but turned into a nice comfy day. Landowners Leslie Scott and the Broadus family opened up their properties for a 9-mile Hunter Pace. The usual trails were followed, allowing riders to navigate the trails through woods, fields, power lines, and the pine plantation, with some cross-country jumps. Riders enjoyed a nice walk down “Kudzu Hill.”
Hunt Country Equine is a proud sponsor of this Hunter Pace.
Chair and co-chair Leslie Scott and Kat Dooley, along with the assistance of Terry Carter and Patt Tarr planned and executed a wonderful ride as well as a Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Feast. Feast Assistants were Carolyne Groves, Sara Isley, Marc James, Cyndi Milligan, Charlotte Nohr, Emmie Osborne and Coleen Wilson. The turkey chefs and carvers were Kat Dooley and Wes Moore. The aroma of the feast was heavy in the air! The lunch table was lovingly prepared by Jim Cassidy, Charlotte Nohr, and Patt Tarr.
Tot Goodwin, Jonathan Keisler and Kevin Nohr were in charge of traffic control. Riders were registered by Cindy Milligan, Wes Moore and Marcy Vance. Starter Joey Cabinass sent riders off with the usual instructions. Ann Fratcher and Christine Vincent were on hand at the checkpoint to stop riders for the mandatory rest.
In the Field Hunter Division, there were 25 riders in 47 teams. The Optimum Time set was one hour, 48 minutes.
First Place Honors were awarded to solo rider Mandy Lindley from Lawndale with a time of one hour, 47 minutes, 54 seconds. Not far behind was Amy, Casey and Melissa Tucker from Central at one hour, 48 minutes, 54 seconds. With a time of one hour, 49 minutes, 19 seconds, the trio of Emily Mitchell from Greer, Sutton Turner from Cullowee and Cameron Ward from Glenville nabbed the Third Place Yellow Ribbon.
In the Trail Rider Division, there were 20 riders in 49 teams. The Calculated Optimum Time was two hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds.
Julie Gosnell from Pelzer and Clare Summers from Pendleton claimed top honors with the time of two hours, 16 minutes, 30 seconds. Second place was awarded to solo rider Dawn Harrison from Hendersonville with a time of two hours, 12 minutes, 26 seconds. Third place
was awarded to the trio of Susan Angermeier from Chesnee, Missy Bright from Campobello, and Nancy Mason from Columbus with a time of two hours, 19 minutes.
The Mini-Pace Division was well represented. There were 11 riders in 5 teams. The riders were Lilah and Melody Branch who were mentored by Anna Rakovskaya, Emma Bridges, Jillian Davis, Kailey Graham, Destinee Gregory, Donna Hajek, Krissy Mean, Brandy Miller and Jessica Wright.
Next up on the Western Carolina Hunter Pace Series is the Windridge Winter Hunter Pace and Trail Ride to be held on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023. Helmets are required for all riders.
Submitted by Missy Bright