FHC Members Compete on the Road in 2014
Farmington Hunt Club members traveled to area competitions to compete in a variety of shows and events, and we were well represented. Here are a few of the results of their success:
In Virginia Hunter and Jumper Shows:
Stephanie Guerlain and her 5 y.o. warmblood mare Brooklyn ended up Year-End Champions in the VHSA Associate Adult Amateur Division and 3rd in the VHSA Associate Green Hunter Division.
Brooklyn also won the Memory's Hill Stables Hunter Derby and was 2nd at the Keswick Summer Show Hunter Derby and 2nd at the Virginia Horse Center Hunter Stakes class. Stephanie's 2nd horse, a 12 year old off-the-the-track Thoroughbred, Camden was 10th in the VHSA Associate Adult Amateur Hunter year-end standings and was champion at both the Thoroughbred Heritage and Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows and 2nd at Warrenton Hunt Night (Ladies' Field Hunter Over Fences), 2nd in the Memory's Hill Hunter Derby, and 2nd in the Bit-O-Straw Hunter Classic at HITS Culpeper.Stephanie was also year-end VHSA Associate Adult Equitation Champion and SWVHJA Adult Medal Reserve Champion and named Best Amateur rider at the VHSA Associate Finals. (see below)
Dale Dealtrey's 6 y.o. off-the-track Thoroughbred, Fortunate Rooster, ridden by Dale, daughter Elizabeth Uffelman and trainer Baily Hale Dent was Year-End VHSA Associate Green Hunter Champion, as well as Reserve Champion in year-end standings for the VHSA Associate Thoroughbred Hunters and 4th in the VHSA Associate Adult Amateur Hunter year-end standings. Rooster was also the HITS Culpeper circuit champion in the 2'6" Thoroughbred Hunter division. Rooster won the Hunter Derby at Oakland Heights and was year end Champion in the Thoroughbreds at the Rock Branch series.Pictured below, ridden by Dale's daughter Elizabeth Uffelman.
Mary Harp campaigned her mother, Ann Grachus' horse Descant to 10th place overall in the Year-End Regular VHSA Adult Amateur Hunter (age 36-49 division). (see T.Ramsay photo) Riders from Tom and Claiborne Bishop’s Barracks Stable won a variety of VHSA year end awards including Marianna Bishop Wade’s Castleton finished 4th overall in the VHSA 2014 Amateur Owner (Younger 18-35) Hunter 3’6” division, and Grand Cru with Earle Betts in the Older (50+) Amateur division finishing 7th. Mary Harp and Descant, pictured below, courtesy of Teresa Ramsay.
VHSA Year End awards went to Dale Dealtrey and Liz Uffelman, Baily Dent and Stephanie Guerlain pictured below at the Homestead Omni Resort VHSA Final Awards ceremony in December. Interesting to note, the VHSA Hall of Fame includes numerous past FHC greats:
Mrs. Elliewood Baxter 1994
"Keswick"-Polaris Farm-Mr. and Mrs. M M. Dent 1998
Mr. Harry deLeyer 2002
Mr. Felix Nuesch 2005
Ms. Phyllis Jones 2006
Mrs. Claiborne Bishop 2010
Mr. Paul Cronin 2011
Mrs. Elliewood Keith 2012
Luanne Johnson’s Selle Français jumper Un Helvete was 6th over all in zone 3 usef 6 year Olds and was 7th in the Keswick Mini Prix. See below:
In area Field Hunter Trials:
Carolyn Chapman placed 8th in the Virginia Field Hunter Championships riding Burghley. Shown here:
The Middleburg Hunt hosted the Virginia Field Hunter Championships (because they won it last year). According to Ms. Chapman, “It is open to all VA Hunts who may send 2 people. I was chosen for the final individual test but did not win. Neil Morris put in a perfect test and deserved to win. (Farmington-represented by Shelly Thompson and Carolyn Chapman) also went to the North American Field Hunter Championships. We were chosen after hunting during the week for the finals that are run at Middleburg's race Meet. Shelly also was chosen but did not go up for the finals. We do a mock hunt and then some were chosen to be tested individually. I was and ended up 8th. 84 were competing. We hunted with Orange County and Piedmont. Two fantastic days. Burghley's mother won this in 1999”.
Mary Quinn Martin and Molly Duncan won the pairs/team class at the Deep Run Hunter Trials in October, 2014 and Molly competed successfully in several other classes at the event.
Charlotte Delany riding her horse, Box Office Smash, competed at Orange County Hunter Trials in October. Above: Mary Quinn Martin and Molly Duncan at Deep Run
At Endurance and Trail Competitions
Shelly Thompson and Howard won the 100 mile competitive endurance ride, and Jebb Cuthbert won the 50 mile ride at the Homestead hosted by the VTRA in April 2014.
October 11-12, Millington’s Liz King led a big group in the 2014 Fall Trail ride. Pleasure Division riders representing FHC were Karen Bull, Beth Sutton, Mary Minor Henderson, Liz King, Stephanie and Russ Buss, Kate Johnson and Thoma, who attended but did not ride. Non FHC riders joining the group were Bonnie DeAtley, Amy Hurt and Andrea Doudera. Carol Easter, Farmington MFH, Sally Garland and Robin Mellen served as stewards and officials, joining Martha McLean, Doris Stimson(former BRH MFH) and former BREC veterianarian Dr. Lisa Cassinella who came in from Florida to judge the event.
from left:Beth Sutton,Kate Johnson, MM Henderson,Amy Hurt,Stephanie Buss,Andrea Doudera,Bonnie DeAtley,Karen Bull,Russ Buss