Tryon International Equestrian Center, recently named as host facility for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, offered area equestrians a special series of events with its inaugural Festival of the Hunt. Taking place November 9-11, and featuring a $5,000 prize donated by Adequan, the Festival's schedule included several hunt meets with different packs, social activities, and finally the championship competition on TIEC's Derby Field.
The event kicked off on Tuesday, November 8, with a welcome hunt hosted by Green Creek Hounds and open to all members of the three hunts hosting events during the week. The hunt was followed by a lavish Breakfast in the Field, hosted by five Green Creek Hounds members. There were over 60 riders in the field.
Tuesday evening a Welcome Dinner, hosted by Jennifer and Roger Smith, was held at TIEC in the new Italian restaurant. Roger is a former master of Green Creek Hounds and is the major landowner in the Green Creek Hounds territory.
Inaugural champion, Anita Crouse and Rickie, Green Creek Hounds. Photo by Danielle Lamb.
The judging began on Wednesday, November 9th, with a hunt in Tryon Hounds territory. Judges were Roger Smith, Snowden Clarke, Linden Wiesman and Tom Cadier. More judging took place on Thursday, November 10, with the Shakerag Hounds' pack from Georgia. They hunted in Green Creek Hounds territory. On Friday, November 11, the Green Creek Hounds pack led the charge for the final day of selection of finalists.
Saturday, November 12, the Final Judging took place in the new Tryon International Derby Field. It began with a drag run around the field by the Green Creek Hounds pack, followed by all the finalists jumping a course led by MFH, Kem Ketcham, field master for Green Creek and Beth Bozeman from Tryon Hounds. After, an appointments class was held and individual rounds began. Judges may ask to ride various horses, and require individuals to do such things as open gates, dismount and remount and other common events that happen in the hunt field. The awards presentation concluded the morning.
John Stanley, MFH, Four Winds Foxhounds, was Reserve Champion aboard Hunter. Photo by Carol Stanley.
On Saturday evening, a Gala was held in the private Legends Club at Tryon International. There were also parties each evening of the event and a good-bye brunch on Sunday.
Following are the full results:
1-Rickie, Anita Crouse, Green Creek Hounds/Palm Beach Hounds
2-Hunter, John M. Stanley, MFH, Four Winds Foxhounds
3-Olliver, Kat Page, Tryon Hounds
4-Bubby, Ginny Howard, Long Run Hounds/Green Creek Hounds
5-Calli, Jana Hinely, Green Creek Hounds
6-Cooper, West Hamryka, MFH, Shakerag Hounds
7-Dynamik II, Randi Goulding, Green Creek Hounds
8-Gentry, Kirsten Stanley, Four Winds Foxhounds
9-Mason, Thomas Stanley, Four Winds Foxhounds
1-Pizzazz's Miracle, Gena McCall Meredith, Green Creek Hounds
2-Teddy, Lauren Briggs, Four Winds Foxhounds
Jana Hinely, Calli, Green Creek Hounds won the Appointments class. West Hamryka, Cooper, Shakerag Hounds were Best Conditioned. Erin Gambrell, Entity, Green Creek and Daniel McFerrin, Bohannon, earned the Sportsmanship Award.
For more information, see the official press release.