The roads of Carroll were packed with horse trailers Sunday as a variety of horse-related activities took place in and around the county.
Up at Ship's Quarters north of Westminster, the Carrollton Houndswere putting on a Horse Trials competition, while in the southern end of the county the Mount Airy Saddle Pals put on their first Englishand Western show of the season.
There were 58 horse-and-rider combinations that took to the inviting cross-county course at Ship's Quarters after performing dressage tests before judges Lita Hughes and Heidi Berry. Entrants competed inclasses for Baby Novice Horse, Baby Novice Rider, Novice Horse or Novice Rider.
The top Carroll finisher was Sarah Stein, who won the Baby Novice Rider division aboard O'Neill. Tonna Arbaugh on Skippin' Triple and Lisa Kowalcyzk on Post Exchange placed third and fourth, respectively.
Sherry Chase was second on Country Morning in Baby Novice Horse Division II, and Beth Bryant rode Mount Airy Delusion to fourth. Michelle Buford took fifth in Baby Novice Horse Division I on Mr. Magoo.
Laura Lee Beetle on Brenner took second in the Novice Horse category and she also placed fourth in that class on Jumpin' Jack. Mary Sheehy rode Dr. Jazz to second in the Novice Rider Class, andDebbie Wiltrout was fourth aboard The Inquisitor.
Down at the show in Mount Airy, 79 competitors competed in 35 classes for honors in Novice Riders Under 14, Novice Riders Over 14, Junior Western, Senior Western, Junior English, Senior English, Speed and Hunter divisions.
"We were all done by 2:30 so it wasn't a real long, dragged out show. It was real nice and well organized," said contestant Ann Moore of Frederick.
Moore was glad that she showed up, because she galloped off with the championship in the Senior Western division andthe reserve championship in Senior English. Both awards were earned on King's Passing Fancy, whom Moore's daughter Lisa rode to a tie forchampion in the Junior Western division. Lisa shared the Junior Western honors with Amanda Naill of Mount Airy on Lynn's Dashing Dandy.
Other countians who took top honors at this show included Tammy Grieve of Mount Airy, reserve champion aboard Butch in the Hunter division; Rose Hagan of Westminster, who rode Poco Bennet to a reserve championship in Novice Over 14; Rachel Harrison of Westminster and Sweet Eldorado, who earned the reserve in Senior Western; and Jamie Yerger on her horse Oakie's Paradise was champion in the Novice Under 14 division.
Jessica Dillow of Eldersburg trailered her quarter horse mare Perfect Harmony down the road to the grounds of the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hunt to compete in a Jump For Fun show sponsored by the Howard County Pony Club.
Dillow was the only rider in the showto win first- and second-place ribbons -- in the same class. Competing in a jumper class with the fences set at 2 feet, 6 inches, Jessicaplaced first on Perfect Harmony and second on another quarter horse,Gunpowder Skip, who belongs to a friend.
"I had never ridden him before, but he was great," Dillow said of Gunpowder Skip. "My mare jumped really well, too."
Jessica and Perfect Harmony also earned a second place in the 3-foot class, and a fourth place in the 2-foot, 9-inch class.
April 18: Fun Show at Lehigh Riding Club grounds near Westminster.
April 18: Mason-Dixon Reining Association Show at Memory Lane Farm near Westminster. 876-1488.
April 25: Trail ride at Piney Run Park sponsored by Carroll County Equestrian Council, 875-2630.
April 26: Carroll County Western CircuitShow at Shipp's Quarters, 833-4593 or 526-9325.