Miss Piper Ellis, 4, has enjoyed a busy summer undertaking many adventures with her wonderful small pony, Roman. Under the watchful eye of Piper's mom, Solange Ellis of Horsehaven Stables in Hinckley, Ohio, the young equestrian has participated in numerous activities with Chagrin Valley Hunt. These include the Independence Day Parade (for which palomino Roman was transformed into a red fox with black points), parade of hounds at the Cleveland Grand Prix, and an early start to autumn hunting.
Piper managed to find time in her schedule to answer a few questions for us.
How did you like the hound parade at the horse show?
"Good, I liked waving to the people."
Photo by Equinevie Photography.
How did Roman behave for that?
"Good, he was super duper clean!"
Would you ride in the parade again?
"Sure! Will the hounds be there, too?"
Roman was a good sport to be transformed into Charlie Fox for the 4th of July parade. Solange Ellis photo.
How was hunting yesterday?
"A lot of fun."
What was your favorite part about the hunt?
Getting an early start on recognizing the hounds. Photo courtesy Solange Ellis.
"Galloping, jumping the stick on the ground, Archie (a member's dog who was there), being with Daddy and seeing (joint Master) Laura Mock and her horse, Seaglass. And the cookies." We're told Piper so idolizes the Master that one of her toy Playmobil rider and horse pairs is named Laura and Seaglass.
Will you hunt again this season?
Revealing her good horsemanship, Piper added, "Romie pony had a rock in his hoof, and I picked it out with my purple hoof pick." Asked if she had anything else to share, she reported that "We saw a hound named Bretty, with a polka dot on her eye." Staff will appreciate this preschooler already learning the pack!
After the meet, the pony's care comes first! Photo courtesy Solange Ellis.
Piper will remain eligible for the Fairly Hunted Award, the Junior North American Field Hunter Championships, and other opportunities for youngsters until her 18th birthday...in 2030! We wish you many years of good sport, Piper!