There was sort of a ringer in the Oldies But Goodies class at the Mount Airy Saddle Pals Open Horse Show Sunday.
"Now I'm embarrassed," said the class winner, Nancy Gray of Frederick. "I usually show at quarter horse shows and I just rode my friend's horse in this class for the fun of it."
Gray has a great deal of experience showing her quarter horses in Western Pleasure and Horsemanship classes at major shows in the region. But this was her first time aboard Judy Carroll's Doc's Schatz, a 14.2-hand former stallion.
Gray and Doc had fun in their class, which only required a walk and a jog from competitors. Earlier in the day, Doc had worked hard for Carroll, winning the Senior Western Pleasure, Senior Western Horsemanship and Senior Stock Seat classes to clinch the Senior Western Division Championship.
While Gray and Doc had a relaxing time in the Oldies But Goodies class, third-place winner Michael O'Connor was getting last-minute instruction from Marci Winegard. Winegard lent O'Connor her 8-year-old gelding Buck's Little Bow for his horse show debut.
"I've ridden maybe three or four times at the farm," O'Connor said. "Today Marci briefed me on how to maneuver for the different things you have to do in the ring. The thing that is hard is putting it all together at the time that you have to do it, but this horse is so well-trained it isn't any problem."
Buck's Little Bow is an old campaigner, having won the 1988 Quarter Horse Congress national title in the Youth Walk/Jog Division.
"He's been great for me to learn to show on," Winegard said. "He always goes along with you. He has such a great temperament."
Buck and Marci showed their stuff by winning the Novice Over 14 Championship with blues in the Novice Pleasure Walk/Trot and the Novice Equitation Walk/Trot and a second-place ribbon in the Novice Walk/Trot/Canter class.
The title in the Senior English Division was not such a clear-cut decision. At the end of all the English classes, three riders were tied. Sarah Osborne, Chris Shipley and Anne Moore returned to the ring for a hack-off to decide the title.
Most judges usually just ask for walk, trot and canter in a hack-off. Judge Heather Gee set more of a test for these riders.
Gee instructed them to circle right at the trot, circle left at the trot, halt, canter on the right lead to the in-gate, turn right and halt.
After each rider had performed this test, Gee awarded the championship ribbon to Osborne of Keymar and her horse Scout's Honor. Reserve championship went to Moore of Jefferson aboard King's Passing Fancy. Shipley was not entirely out in the cold, however. She already had taken the Hunter Division championship aboard Opie Flipper.
Jr. Western: Champion, Lisa Moore, King's Passing Fancy, Jefferson; Reserve champion, Omar Barriero, Dia, Frederick.
Sr. Western: Champion, Judy Carroll, Doc's Schatz, Glenwood; Reserve, Patty Mathis, Stacy Go Go, Damascus.
Novice over 14: Champion, Marci Winegard, Buck's Little Bow, Baltimore; Reserve, Paula O'Connor, Doc's Little Spot, Mount Airy.
Novice under 14: Champion, Missy Mellon, Whispering Pines Just My Style, Frederick; Reserve, Alicia Corcoran, Whispering HTC Pines Secret Agent, Frederick.
Speed: Champion, Kathy Axline, April, Jefferson; Reserve, Omar Barriero, Poco's Wham Bam, Frederick.
Jr. English: Champion, Tyler Lasher, Whispering Pines Just My Style, Frederick; Reserve, Julie McCutcheon, Whispering Pines Black Intimidator, Frederick.
Sr. English: Champion, Sarah Osborne, Scout's Honor, Keymar; Reserve, Anne Moore, King's Passing Fancy, Jefferson.
Hunter: Champion, Chris Shipley, Opie Flipper, Finksburg; Reserve, Tammy Wages, Greyboy Rastus, Frederick.
Word comes from Hank Shirley in Westminster that the Open English Horse Show that was canceled last Saturday is rescheduled for this Oct. 24. Call Shirley at (410) 848-3192 for more information.
Deadline for the Maryland Combined Training Association scholarship award is Oct. 24. Call Peggy Sword at (301) 948-2183 for more information.
Calendar of events
Saturday and Sunday -- Dressage clinic with Jean Luc Cornille, Fulton, (301) 593-8333.
Sunday -- Goshen Hounds Fall Hunter Pace, Olney, (202) 887-4370.
Oct. 21 -- Educational seminar on equine health care, Westminster, (410) 833-4593.
Oct. 22-25 -- Fair Hill Three-Day Event, Elkton, (410) 398-2286.
Oct. 24 -- Deadline for applications for Maryland Combined Training Association scholarships. Peggy Sword, (301) 948-2183.
Oct. 24-25 -- Wagon Train and Trail Ride; Exhibition of Appalachian Singlefoot horses (Saturday night); Keymar (Frederick County), (301) 845-6202.
Oct. 25 -- Olney Horse Trials, Joppa.
Oct. 25 -- Maple Spring Horse Trials, Glenwood, (410) 442-2295.
Oct. 25 -- Potomac Valley Dressage Association Windcrest Dressage Show, Clarksburg, (410) 428-0376.
Oct. 31 -- Chesapeake Appreciation Days Jousting Exhibition, Sandy Point State Park.
Nov. 8 -- Gymkhana, Equilibrium Horse Center, Gambrills, (410) 721-0885.
Nov. 7 -- 1992 Appleton Stables Show Series, Elkton, (301) 398-1466.
Nov. 10 -- Carroll County Equestrian Council meeting. East Middle School, Longwell Avenue, Westminster, (410) 833-4593.
Nov. 18 -- Educational Seminar on equine general nutrition sponsored by the Carroll County Equestrian Council. NO CHARGE. 7:30 p.m. at 700 Agriculture Center, Extension Office meeting room, Westminster, (410) 833-4593.
Nov. 27-30 -- Dressage Clinic with Erik Herberman, Equilibrium Farm, Gambrills, (301) 721-0885.
Nov. 28-29 -- Jumping clinic with Anne Kursinski, Shadowbrook Farm, Elkridge, (410) 796-4947.