By: Jamie Saults on
Oct. 17th, 2016
Farmington Hunt Club of Charlottesville, VA, defeated nearly two dozen teams to take home the Hunt Night Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. The club traveled four and a half hours to participate in the popular event.
"We were very surprised to win. We just came to ride and have a good time with our horses and we won, how exciting is that!" said Elizabeth King, MFH and spokesperson for the Club. "Last year we had one team, but this year we thought it would be great fun to have two. We've got great riders and we had such a great time. We'll be back again next year!"
The two teams of Farmington Hunt Club included: King, Karen Bull, Jeanette Fellows (Team 1) and Stephanie Gurlain, Elizabeth Uffleman and Jennifer Daly (Team 2)
Windy Hollow Hunt Club Wins Hunt Team Competition © Al Cook - alcookphoto.com
A total of 22 teams with three riders from 13 Hunt Clubs participated in the Hunt Team competition, the highlight of the evening. The course featured a series of single fences and culminated with a fence on the diagonal that was to be jumped in unison. The Team from Windy Hollow of Vernon, NJ, took home the blue ribbon. Holly White and sisters Emily and Jane Wiley made up the team.
"We did not even realize we won. We couldn't believe it when we walked in and saw them holding up the blue ribbons," said Jane Wiley. "We are dedicating the win to our pony, Bear, who died last night. He was 31-years-old and was leased out to a young girl with special needs."
The group did not have much time to practice. White has only been in the United States for a short time because she works for the United Nations and is based in Africa. "We are so thrilled! We have only been able to practice for a month because of my job," said White. "I think we won because of our overall presentation. We really thought about the beginning and the end and our horses jumped in good form. I think the combination of the two really helped us out."
Emily Wiley, the older sister of Jane was grateful to the Horse Show for dedicating a night to the Hunt Teams. "It's great that the Horse Show supports the sport of foxhunting and the great riders who participate. People should come try it!"
Radnor Hunt Delighted The Crowd With Their Pack Of Foxhounds. © Al Cook - alcookphoto.com
Other Winners of Hunt Night, sponsored by Kinsley Construction:
Leading Lady Rider: Three Way Tie: Molly Green of the Green Spring Valley Hounds, Team 1,Jennifer Daly of Farmington Hunt and Elizabeth Uffleman of Farmington Hunt
Field Hunters for Riders 35 Years of Age and Under, sponsored by the Hempt Bros, Inc: Elizabeth Uffleman, Farmington Hunt, Team 2 riding JT
Field Hunters for Riders 36 Years of Age and Over, sponsored by Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC: Jennifer Daly, Farmington Hunt, Team 2 with Prize
Hunter Under Saddle - Gentleman, sponsored by Roundtop Mountain Resort: Dr. Csaba Magassy, Potomac Hunt and Thunderbride
Hunter Under Saddle - Ladies, sponsored by Carol Copeland: Molly Green, Green Spring Valley Hounds,Team 1with Codependent