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Field Hunter Championships take over Tryon International Equestrian Center

The fourth annual Festival of the Hunt at Tryon International Equestrian Center took place on November 14-16, 2019. Three days of competition celebrated the field hunter, hounds, and the sport of fox hunting.

The Festival started with two days of off-site judged hunts hosted by Green Creek Hounds (NC) and Tryon Hounds (NC), respectively. Both days concluded with a hunt breakfast at the Tryon International Equestrian Center Legends Club. The final day of competition took place on the Derby Field and featured a mock hunt, parade of hounds, the Carolinas Foxhunter Series, hunt teams class, and open under saddle classes.

Erin Kimmer, with Mecklenburg Hounds (NC) riding Finnis Chrome Magnum, topped the Field Hunter championships in her first Festival of the Hunt appearance. Cathy Gomez from Belle Meade Hunt (GA) and Princeton took the Hilltopper championship, repeating their 2018 win.

Hunters were judged on desirability and suitability. Tests included mounting and unmounting, stopping, standing quietly, jumping, and willingness to face a variety of terrain and obstacles.

Visit https://tryon.coth.com/ for the 2020 Festival of the Hunt dates.

Festival of the Hunt Results

Field Hunter Championships

  • First: Erin Kimmer and Finnis Chrome Magnum – Mecklenburg Hounds (NC)
  • Second: Gisele Beardsley O’Grady on Atoka – Green Creek Hounds (NC)
  • Third: Catherine Mooneyham on Kessler – Green Creek Hounds (NC)
  • Fourth: Nicola Deines on Rock, Paper, Scissors – Green Creek Hounds (NC
  • Fifth: Amara Baker on Battalion – Moore County Hounds (NC)
  • Sixth: Lisa Biederman on Eva – Long Run Woodford Hounds (KY)
  • Seventh: Randi Goulding on Dynamik II – Green Creek Hounds (NC)
  • Eighth: Cameron Sadler on Secret Bid – Moore County Hounds (NC)

Hilltopper Championship

  • First: Cathy Gomez and Princeton – Belle Meade Hunt (GA)
  • Second: Anne Pierce and Ted – Goodwin Hounds (NC)

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All photos: Courtesy TIEC©

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