It was a hot but rewarding day for the brave souls who came out to show and support the mounted squad, with temperatures soaring over 90°.
One of the unique things about this show is being able to meet and ride with (and against) the mounted police officers and their equine partners. Besides our own Mounted Unit, we had officers from the U.S. Park Police (from D.C.) and Fredericksburg. It was a training opportunity for them to get ready for the National Mounted Police Competition in September.
The day started at 9 a.m. sharp, with the National Anthem being played while our Mounted Unit presented the flag. Sgt. Eric Bardon with his partner Roadrunner presented the flag and was flanked by Officer Rich Fecht on Reo (a new addition to the equine force), Officer Rob Lehr on Tyco (a new horse who had not passed muster and will be returning to his owner), and Officer Freddy Mason riding June’s Lightning.
Officer David G. Schlosser on Sassy Hound
Officer Ron Markland on Custer
And Officer Mariea Clowers on Chance
Fredericksburg Mounted Police
were represented by Officer Jim Shelhorse on Chester.
Pictures from the Parade of Officers
The challenging obstacle course class was attempted by 22 entrants. The course was designed and created by the Richmond Mounted Squad. Some examples of obstacles included: shooting silly string at a target, riding over plywood and onto a tarp covered with plastic bottles, riding through a “wall” of plastic noodles, and pushing a large ball several feet. Surprisingly though, the hardest obstacle was to get the horse to walk into and stand inside a “box” created with lime!! (something about those white lines) The course was judged by retired mounted squad officer Robert Armstrong which many of you will remember from previous years helping in the show. The results of this class were: 1st place went to Anne Brooks; 2nd place to Elaine Reed; 3rd place to Officer Ron Markland (U.S. Park Police) on Custer; 4th place to Teresa Gregory; 5th place to Ashley Durr; 6th place to Melissa Saunders. Congratulations to these brave souls and their obedient mounts!
Eric Bardon on Roadrunner proved that not only can the Mounted Police Horses work on the streets capturing felons but they also do well in the speed classes. Not only is Roady a great police horse, he also does barrel racing and the keyhole class! Although he may not have won the classes, he made a great showing (I think Eric’s daughter and her retired police mount beat them in each class – but don’t tell anyone!!).
The police equitation class was won by Officer Mariea Clower from the U.S. Park Police on her equine partner Chance.
MAIDEN HUNT SEAT – Champion – Caitlin Murphy on One New Secret
Reserve champion - Ashley Durr on Destinata
JR/YOUTH HUNTER – Champion – Amy Bruce on Mystical Pebbles
Reserve Champion was a tie between –
Brett Burnett on Zanzabarbarian AND
Ashley Durr on Destinata
SMALL FRY – Champion – Jennifer Markey on Sunnydays
ADULT HUNTER – Champion – Irene Temple on Le Beau Cadeau
Reserve Champion – Ashley McLeod on Black Bars Magician
ENGLISH/HUNTER PLEASURE –Champion – Dora Winn on Solo Wheel’s
Reserve Champion – Irene Temple on Le Beau Cadeau
GAITED/WALKING PLEASURE –Champion – Carolyn Vajala on Crimson Tide
Reserve Champion – Marla Caldwell on Colbart
ARABIAN PLEASURE – Champion – Theresa Burton on Cappuccino Sky
Reserve Champion – Elaine Neal on Mick
WESTERN PLEASURE – Champion – Sherry Lipscomb on Movin Mambo
Reserve Champion – Amanda Prine on Boz My Broker
SPEED CLASSES - Champion – Ellis Giles on Doc-Man
Reserve Champion – Amy Basley on Jack Daniels
Funds raised at this show will be used to send the Richmond Mounted Squad to the National Police Competition to be held September 22-24 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Individuals and businesses that helped support us this year are:
Energy Heals-Healing Touch for Animals® DEBORAH WOOTEN
Michelle Beck – Division Sponsor
Farnum Products – Division Sponsor
Prestia Insurance Company
Leslie Taylor, D.D.S., P.C.
Colonial Farm Credit (Mechanicsville)
Woodside Equine Clinic
Timeless Tack Exchange
Rusty Stirrup Riding Club
Diana Cappellanti – Capstone Farm
In Memory of GOLDIE, a RMP Horse-GOLD MEDAL
Cindy Pryor – GOLD MEDAL
Tall Cedars Farm – GOLD MEDAL
Sue & Bill Ramsey in Memory - Oreo C. Mullins
David Oates, Farrier – Division Sponsor
Barbara Howell – Hometown Realty
Green Bay Morgans
Dream Homes & Patty Michalak
Virginia Truck & Trailer – GOLD MEDAL
Jay McFarland – L & M Auto Glass
Sue & Bill Ramsey Memory-Souvenir’s Sundance
Gore Trailers – GOLD MEDAL
Allyn Linas – GOLD MEDAL
Mahogany Manor Farm - Cathy Davis
Champion Saddlery – Gold MEDAL
Memory of SHAWN PRUITT – Gold Medal
Rusty Stirrup Riding Club
Grand Champion Trailers - Cathette Plumer –Gold Medal
Spencer Neale & Virginia Farm Bureau – Division Sponsor
Tom Newton, D.V.M. – Gold Medal
Saddlery Trade Associates
Gerry & Sandra Reid
Pairs Class Winners: Sgt. Eric Bardon on Roadrunner and his daughter, Samantha Bardon, on Falcon on Fire.