Equestrians spread word in Westminster


September 26, 1993|By MUPHEN WHITNEY

Spectators along the route of Thursday night's FallFest Parade in downtown Westminster knew the float with the rocking horse must have something to do with horses.

Sure enough, a banner identified the Carroll County Equestrian Council as the float's sponsor.

Pat Boone drove the truck that pulled the flatbed trailer with the wooden horse that rocked back and forth on a bed of straw surrounded by several saddles, colorful Navajo horse blankets and pink and yellow mums donated by Windswept Farms.

Pat's wife, Gail, along with Dave Radcliffe, Hank Shirley, Janet Breeding, Judy Taylor and CCEC President Sonny Biddison, recruited new members for their organization as they rode the three miles or so of the parade route, which wound from Uniontown Road down Main Street and out to East Middle School.

CCEC also picked up new members during last weekend's Poker Ride at the Union Mills Equestrian Trails north of Westminster.

Shortly after the 16 horse-and-rider combinations set off for the 3 1/2 -hour ride in the sunshine, two riders and their horses emerged from the woods and came over to the parking area to see what had brought so many horse trailers to the area.

Biddison had stayed behind after seeing off the trail riders, to organize the cards for the poker hands that would determine prizes at ride's end. He explained all about the CCEC to Mardell Peterson and Tammy Fleet who were out for a spin on Dan and Buttons, respectively.

"That's great" Peterson said of the work CCEC does for Maryland's equestrians. "I've been looking for a good horse organization to join. I don't have a lot of time, but at least I can help you go around the trails and pick up the trash."

That was music to Biddison's ears, especially since the trail cleanup planned for the day before the Poker Ride at Union Mills has to be rescheduled.

When the riders returned they each picked five sealed envelopes containing playing cards out of a hat to put together a poker hand. A pair of aces held by Susan Shown of Sykesville was good enough for first prize. Susan's husband, Jay, won sixth prize -- a bar of saddle soap.

Brandy Wellman, 10, the youngest rider on the Poker Ride, took fifth place with a pair of 10s.

5l Poker Ride results

1-Susan Shown (pair of aces), Sykesville. 2-Donna Dustin (pair of kings), Westminster. 3-Rose Hagen (pair of queens), Silver Run. 4-Pam Nelson (pair of jacks), Westminster. 5-Brandy Wellman (pair of 10s), Westminster. 6-Jay Shown (pair of 8s), Sykesville.

Movie star at classic

You can see both Bo Derek, star of the movie "10," and top-class show jumping today at the Howard County Community College campus if you attend the American Cafe Columbia Classic.

Derek will serve as grand marshal for the event, which features the $30,000 Columbia Classic Grand Prix and the $5,000 Merrill Lynch Junior/Amateur Classic.

Lawn seating is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Bleacher seating is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call (410) 992-4828.

Calendar of events

Today -- Columbia Classic Grand Prix. Howard Community College Campus, Columbia. (410) 992-4828.

Today -- Horsey Yard Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tall Maples Farm, Hampstead. (410) 374-2362 or (410) 374-2637.

Saturday -- Chesapeake Miniature Horse Consignment Sale. Valhalla Farm, Finksburg. (410) 857-6464 or (410) 820-6464.

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