Submitted by Suzanne Tighe

The 2016 Equine Canada sanctioned Trillium Silver/Bronze Hunter & Jumper horse show season got underway April 30 and May 1 at Gaelic Glen Stables located in Oxford Mills. Gaelic Glen, known for its wonderful, natural sand footing, has hosted the first round of the ten round series for the past sixteen years. The 160+ competitors enjoyed bright sunshine on the Saturday, while Sunday’s conditions were less than ideal, but horses, ponies and their riders were not deterred.

With close to $7,000 in prize money being given away, it was not only points on the line for the riders. Competitors ranged from professional riders and their horses who compete throughout North America, to aspiring young riders and their ponies who were cheered and encouraged by their coaches, parents, grandparent and friends.

Gaelic Glen has been organizing  horse shows since 1998 when Carol Durie and her daughter Suzanne hosted small schooling level shows. Since then, with the help of community sponsors,  the shows have grown in size and quality every year.

“Gaelic Glen would like thank all of our  volunteers, staff and people who helped make for a successful show. We would also like to give a special thanks to our sponsors: Juniper Farms, Royal Lepage Real Estate, D.R. Howell Electric, Lockwood Brothers Construction, Patterson, Hadden & Brown Insurance, Kemptville Building Centre (RONA), McGahey Insurance,  Outer Creations Landscaping & Design, Jane’s Catering, Josh Ralph of BMO Nesbitt Burns,  Enhansoft Inc, Gary Durie,  Tackaberry,  Tibbs Transport, A1 Millwood,B & T Macfarlane, JT Auto Parts, Sage Gait Equine,  Greenhawk, Rooney’s Feed and Seed, Encore Equestrian Tack and Apparel, Rankin Rice Wealth Management, Vision Saddlery, Windmill Bonnets, Yum Sweet Yum, Apple Saddlery and Brandon Buchan.”

Photo: Caitlyn Tighe and her pony Blue Riverstone

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