Emma Miller sits aboard her horse Chrome during the Hope Riding Club's weekend challenge day. Miller won first place in the Junior Division.

Riders overcome obstacles

The Hope  Riding Club hosted it’s first event of the year on Saturday, May 28 at the HRC club grounds on Bristol Island.

The day was dubbed Obstacle Challenge Day.  Horses and riders had to attempt a series of obstacles such as a water crossing, a log jump and the dreaded box.

This is where the horse is placed in an area (box) and left to stand alone while the rider moved about 10 feet away.

The day is meant to mimic real life situations where the horse has to willingly follow it’s rider or stand still while the rider clears branches in the path.

The morning session was all in hand (rider leads horse with rope and halter) through the obstacles and the afternoon session had the rider mounted for the challenge, followed by a solo ride through a marked trail.

In all, 10 riders participated. Five-year-old   Emma Miller was the youngest rider.

Results were as follows.

Junior division:

Emma Miller (first)

Senior division:

Denise Pascucci (first), Muriel McMullan (second), Danielle Taylor (third), Kirsten Adolph (fourth), Lee Pettit (fifth) and Whitney Medley (sixth).

Participation ribbons went to :  Shelly Taylor, Jenny Adolph and Jillian Adolph.