R W MUTCH EQUITATION CHAMPIONSHIP 2007
On Sunday, March 18, 2007, the R. W. Mutch Trophy class was held outdoors in the Mogavero ring at 10:00 am. A half hour before the class began, the riders were segregated in a small area and an orientation to the class commenced. From that point forward, their was no contact with the trainers. The class is quite different than any other because the junior riders must walk, execute and analyze the course as well as warm-up their horses without the help of their trainers. Overall, from a junior rider's point of view, the class is very exciting and I was determined to do my best on the wonderful horse, Aaron, that was kindly lent to me by Karen Polle, a fellow rider at Beacon Hill.
The first round presented several challenges: a tough gymnastics line, tight turns and a one stride. Three judges who are different from the over fence judges, rated your warm-up from minus 2 to plus 2 and your over fence score is, then, adjusted accordingly. After round one, I was called back on top and received a bonus point in the schooling area.
The second round included two tests: a trot jump and a counter canter jump which included a turn. I was able to jump a solid round with Julie Welles, scoring slightly ahead of me and Maggie McAlary in first place.
It has been a goal of mine since winning the class in 2006, to win a second time in 2007. After two rounds, Maggie was 1.25 points ahead. Most of us thought, even the announcer, that the class was over after two rounds. But the judges decided that Maggie and I would switch horses, completing the same course and test from round two. In the end, I was called back on top.
All in all it was a great day and a memorable experience, at that!
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