The event was put on by a Howard County horse group and held in Frederick County, but that did not stop Carroll horses, ponies and riders from trotting off with their share of ribbons at last weekend's Howard County Horse Show Association Two-Day Show.
This show featured a division of 11 classes for riders who participate in the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association program.
Mount Airy rider Brian Cook added to his collection of more than 70 ribbons earned over the past four years by placing fifth in the Equitation Walk class and third in the Equitation Walk-Trot class. Brian competed aboard his own 8-year-old Palomino pony mare Ride, Ride.
Pat Lookingland of Westminster competed in the Pre-Green Hunter Division with Mick and earned a third over fences and a fifth on the flat.
Susan Faffley and Meadowood's Rosie placed third over fences and second on the flat in the Adult Amateur Equitation division.
Lisa Crown, a 1991 graduate of Hood College, is a biochemist and has gotten back to the real love of her life: riding.
"Lisa has ridden since she was 18 months old," said her mother, Mary Ellen, who is also an avid rider. "She managed to keep up with horses all through college by working at a farm where she helped break and train young racehorses."
That is where Lisa found Rhone About, a 5-year-old roan mare who answers to the name Pebbles around the barn.
"I love how smooth she is," Lisa says of 16.1-hand Pebbles. "And she is a wonderful mover."
That smoothness and movement impressed the judge on Sunday as Pebbles earned the championship of the Low Amateur Hunter Division with a second and first over fences and a first on the flat. Lisa and her mare also competed in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division.
Susan Porter and Kevin Bruce of Woodbine took several ponies, horses and students to this show and earned enough ribbons to almost cover the outside of their massive horse van.
Bruce dominated the Low Hunter Division on two horses from Susan's barn. Bruce piloted the impressive mare Two Sox, owned by Amy Barlow of Potomac, to three blues in that four-class division to win the title.
Bruce also rode a young gelding making his horse show debut to the Reserve Championship in that division.
"He was just exceptional," Bruce said of Tour Glide, known to his friends as Harley. "He's the best I've ever ridden at a first show. He listened and never broke stride. He's a very direct horse. He really had a good time here."
Porter and Bruce's students Lia and Alanna Dean of Mount Airy, Torrey Wasserman of Glenelg, and Alysa and Kajsa Seals of Mount Airy all went home with Championships or Reserve Championships from their various divisions.
Horse shows were not the only places where countians excelled last weekend. Fox hunters from Carroll earned ribbons at Sunday's Hunter Pace put on by the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hunt.
Jim and Edna McNemar of Westminster cantered off with second place in the Optimum Time Over Fences Division; the tiny tot division of McNemars -- Christina, 4, and Cynthia, 6 -- came home a good fourth in the Junior Flat division; Kathy Wilson, Gus Conaway and Anne Greene of Sykesville earned a fourth in the Optimum Time on the Flat Division.
Donnie Wentzner and Shanna Bradshaw of Mount Airy were second in the Junior Flat Division to Ryan Reid of Union Bridge and Henry Snively of Brookville, but Donnie and Shanna had won the other four races in this series to take home the Johnny Bill Linton Perpetual Trophy.
The Conaway family took their talented kids, ponies and horses south last weekend to continue their winning ways in Virginia. Kelly won races aboard Natalie on Saturday and Garfield on Sunday; Charlie III posted a third-place finish aboard his new
mount Got All Night; and Rollin' Slew finished third under county jockey Mike Leaf in the horse's first start over hurdles.
May 16: Trail Work Day at Gillis Falls Reservoir Site, Mount Airy, 795-4262.
May 23: Trail Riders of Today trail ride at Morgan Run Park, 875-2630.
May 25: Mason-Dixon Reining Association show at Memory Lane Farm near Westminster, 876-1488.
June 2: Carroll County Equestrian Council monthly meeting, East Middle School in Westminster, 7:30 p.m., 833-4593.