Kevin Brown of Mountain’s Edge Excavation in Middlebury, was the sponsor of this year’s Vermont Quarter Horse Championships in New Haven. He presented a check for $200 to the winning team of Tom and Lisa Bove of North Ferrisburg at the senior team event called Praire Schooner.
Vermont Quarter Horse Association in conjunction with the Addison County Fair and Field Days organization held a new event at the fairgrounds in New Haven.
The "money payback" gymkhana was the brainchild of local resident Lori Brown. Brown competes her horses on the local gymkhana circuit with her children and husband.
Brown presented the opportunity to Kathy Nisun, board director of the horse area for Field Days. Nisun took the idea to the board and thus was born the evening gymkhana event, the first one to ever be held during the fair.
Over 30 equestrian competitors hauled their horses from the Middlebury-New Haven area, as well as from Castleton, Brandon, Fairfax, Milton, Rutland and Townsend and Whitehall, N.Y., for an opportunity of an evening of fun with horses and friends plus a chance to win back money for placing in the top three of their division. Evening paybacks ranged from $6 to $67 for the winners.
In case you are wondering what a gymkhana is, it’s sometimes referred to as “games on horseback” against the clock. All events are timed and test a horse and rider’s speed, agility and control, around and through obstacles, barrels and poles. All ages, breeds and level of riders are eligible to compete in these open games.
The events held this year included tunnel vision, pole bending, barrel racing, streaking flags and scramble.
A team event for the Little Wranglers and Senior walk/trot riders was a three-legged race.
Prairie Schooner, the team event for the open riders, was a hoot where the rider rode in, picked up a rope, which was attached to a tire in which their partner sat to then raced back to the finish line.
The Prairie Schooner paid back $200 to winners which was sponsored by Kevin Brown of Mountain’s Edge Excavation in Middlebury. The winning team was Tom and Lisa Bove of North Ferrisburg.
Other winners, in various categrories, are as follows:
Champion: Emma Brown. on “Magic”. of Middlebury.
Reserve: Payton Vincent. on “Trigger”, of Bristol.
Champion: Madison Cummings, on “Missy”, of Brandon.
Reserve: Makaila Cota, on “Little Bit”, of Bristol.
Champion = Morgan Preston, on “Jet”, of Charlotte.
Reserve: Ashley Rae, on “H.D.”, of Westford.
Champion: Bobbi Jo Benson, on “Taylor”, of Milton.
Reserve: Ashley Datnoff, on “BlackJack”, of Milton.
Champion: Lisa Bove, on “Harley”, of North Ferrisburg.
Reserve: Lori Brown, on “Brothers Chance”, of Middlebury.
Given the big turn out for this year’s inaugural event, Vermont Quarter Horse Association hopes to once again align with Addison County Fair and Field Days to do a second annual money payback gymkhana in 2012 during the fair. So look for us again next year.