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Betsy Carter’s Horse Scene: Farm’s shows will offer variety

Woodpecker Farm in Woodford is having its first show of the season this Sunday at 9 a.m. Meg Rhodes will be the judge.

After holding only evening shows in the past few seasons, Woodpecker has scheduled Sunday all-day shows and Tuesday-evening shows.

The Sunday shows and the Tuesday-evening shows are both run under Virginia Horse Show Association and Battlefield Horse Show Association rules and approved classes, as differentiated from most evening shows.

Most weekday evening shows are not necessarily run under VHSA or BHSA rules and often create classes not approved; therefore points cannot be accumulated for BHSA or VHSA.

The April 29 show will begin with the usual schedule of classes beginning with leadline and ending with working hunter. This show will also offer the Forrest Linton Horse classic.

The Tuesday-evening shows begin at 4 p.m. and usually end about 7, and are designated for ponies or horses. The advantage of the evening shows is that they are short.

Many riders attending Saturday or Sunday shows arrive at the show grounds at 6 a.m. and because of the groups of horse, ponies and riders traveling together, they remain on the grounds until the last horse and rider have shown about 7 p.m. That’s a long day, so the half-day Tuesday-evening shows are much easier for most people.

Woodpecker’s evening shows are also scheduled for the hottest months of the summer, so having these shows at night is cooler. A new feature of the Woodpecker shows are the Handy Hunter classes, which

will be offered as the second class of the pony hutner, children’s/adult hunter and the working hunter.

The handy part may include jumping out of the show ring, looping around the field and maybe jumping another fence then jumping back into the ring. There may also be tight turns, halting on course or trotting a fence.

For the benefit of all spectators and exhibitors, Woodpecker has obtained the services of gourmet caterer Rene Rickie.

has delicious specialties and will surprise show goers with unexpected food choices. For example she makes a great shrimp salad and strawberry shortcake.

Sunday show dates are April 29 (Forrest Linton Horse Classic, with judge Meg Rhodes); Aug. 26; and Oct. 7 (Forrest Linton Pony Classic, with a tentative promise of judge Wayne Eubank).

The Tuesday-evening shows dates are June 19 (pony); June 26 (horse); July 24 (pony); and July 31 (horse).

    CALENDAR

    April 25–29: Lexington

    April 28: McDonough; Summerplace; Coventry; Whitestone

    April 29: Woodpecker Farm; Summerduck; Elmington; Great falls Dressage and CT; Touch Point Dressage and CT

    May 2–3: USHJA Emerging Atheletes Program, VHC

    May 2–6: Lexington Spring Encore, VHC

    May 4–6: Amelia Spring Trail Ride

    May 5: Silver Lining at Deep Run; Kelly’s Ford Open Show; Roseoldian Farm; Buckingham Equestrian Center; Sandstone.

    May 6: Lake of the Woods; Hidden Haven; Silver Lining at Deep Run; Red Gate; Crossing Point.

    May 12: Stock Horse Show, Reva

    May 12–14: Eastern Shore Trail Ride

    May 9–13: James River Hunt Horse show at Rose Mount Farm in Spotsylvania

    May 16–20: Keswick

    May 18: Red Oak Hollow Trail Ride

Betsy Carter can be reached at The Free Lance–Star, 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; or by fax at 540/373-8455.

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