Cloudy skies and cool temperatures made for a lovely competition day at the third annual Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Trials on October 2, 2016. Held at Salem Farm, home of the famed Upperville Colt and Horse Show, the Hunter Trials welcomed dozens of competitors from various Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania hunt clubs and even the Arapahoe Hunt (Colorado).
Divisions offered included Junior and Adult Hilltopper, Junior Hunter, Low Hunter, Adult Amateur Hunter and Open Hunter. High score prizes were awarded to Junior, Adult and Professional Riders; Pony, Thoroughbred, Lightweight and Heavyweight Hunters; and to the hunt accumulating the most points.
The day's featured class was the Piedmont Fox Hounds Derby, with the winner's name added to the Huntland Perpetual Derby Trophy sponsored by Dr. Betsee Parker. Dr. Parker's historic and beautiful Huntland Farm was home to the Piedmont Fox Hound Kennels in the early 20th century. The 2016 Derby was won by Louise Foster’s Along Came a Spyder, ridden by Sandy Lytle of Poolesville, Maryland, who also was awarded the Professional Rider High Score award.
The Huntland Farm trophy. Photo by Middleburg Photo.
“We are so thankful to the masters, staff, our volunteers and the many sponsors who make this show possible,” said organizer and Piedmont member Barbara Riggs. “We wanted to create a show where fox hunters could shine, and that would showcase our equine partners. This is our third year, and our best so far.”
Other divisions champions were as follows: Junior Hilltopper, Chiara Pejasevich riding Martigraw; Adult Hilltopper, E. Sue Bopp riding Roucouler; Junior Hunter, Beverly Alcock riding Billy the Kid; Low Hunter, Sydney Day riding Kent’s Irish Harp; Adult Amateur Hunter, Shauna Sober riding Aristocrat; and Open Hunter, Rosie Powers riding Robert E. Lee.
Division champions, like Kent's Irish Harp and Sydney Day, received beautiful award coolers. Photo by Middleburg Photo.
High score awards went to Martigraw for Pony, Billy the Kidd captured Lightweight and Grand Champion Hunter. General Skye owned by Brian Jarvis was Thoroughbred High Score and Long John owned by Nancy Dillon was Heavyweight Hunter. Beverly Alcock was awarded Junior Rider High Score and E. Sue Bopp the Adult Amateur. Camila Coria was named Best Turned Out Adult and Grace Shook Best Turned Out Junior. Piedmont Fox Hounds was the High Score Hunt.