OTTBS Attend the Hard Away Whitworth Hunter Pace
Five Bits & Bytes Farm horses made the hot trip down to Greensboro,
AL for the Hard Away Whitworth hunt pace and hound show last weekend.
Barry rode one of his special horses, Era of
Chanago, Elizabeth took
her boy, Political Pull. Dr. Nancy Woodruff rode Dream
the first time out of the arena. We brought along Pride
of the Fox for our friend Bob Goodman to ride. Bob's wife
Dr. Susan Llewallyn Goodman brought along Political Pull's full
Always a Lady aka "Honeymoon".
The hunter pace was sent in the beautiful Alabama country side that
is home to many catfish farming ponds. Our ride consisted of open
pastures, dams, woods and inviting hunt panels and gates. What should
have been the most spooky thing were the aerators in the ponds. They
did not scare our Thoroughbreds!
These big machines churn water up to ten feet in the air while
making a lot of splashing noise. Not one of our Thoroughbreds reacted
in any way. Another good test of the saneness of our Thoroughbreds
was when the Hard Away Whitworth hounds were paraded to the pond
for a swim. At least 30 couple (60 hounds) went within fifteen
feet of our horses and not one of them reacted in a negative way. Political
Pull was most fascinated and followed the hounds
up the driveway to see where they were going.
Susan and Most Always a Lady and Bob with Pride of the Fox.
Dream Pusher and Nancy gallop for the first
time out of the ring.
New Friends and Old Friends
Hunter paces are a great way to school a young horse and make new
friends at the same time. We took our time around the course as the
temperatures were heading towards the record high of 103 degrees
that was reached later that day.
Dream Pusher and Political Pull.
Dream Pusher lead our group for most of the day. He is less than
six months off-the-track.
We had our vet friend Dr. Susan Llewallyn watching
to make sure the horses were doing well. The horses had electrolytes
and lots of water and they were hosed down halfway through the
ride. Susan's husband, Bob, borrowed Pride
of the Fox for the day.
Bob Goodman and Pride of the Fox at the hunter pace.
Bob Goodman and Pride of the Fox take the
gate at the hunter pace.
After the ride we attended the hound show judged by Bob Walker who
is the husband of the kennels huntsman Mary Walker. They were staff
at the Shamrock Hounds hunt when Elizabeth, Barry and Susan were
members. We were joined this weekend by Bob Walker's daughter Bernie
Walker and three other old friends from the fox hunt: Karen Komadowski,
Meredith Evans and Jim Broome. A great time was had by all and great
big thanks to our hosts at the Hard Away Whitworth Hounds!
Barry and Era of Chanago take the coop. Photo
taken from the "Pull Cam".
Dream Pusher takes his first cross country
fence while Political Pull and Elizabeth watch from behind. August
Elizabeth and Political Pull.