Participants in last weekend's Horse War, sponsored by the Medieval Horse Guild, really were stars.
"Dave Tristan of Harrisburg was here filming for a movie that he is doing," said Lauren Hyde, one of the event's organizers. "It made for a very exciting weekend. I really enjoyed watching the process of filming as well as taking part in the horse activities."
This was the fourth annual horse war, and the event will be held again next year. Barbara and Bill Page converted part of the barn at their Independence Farm in Port Deposit to a Medieval Feast Hall and served pork roast, spinach pies, chickens, soup and cider to jousters, cavalry riders, foot soldiers and spectators.
Some riders, including Hyde, were practicing for a re-creation of the Battle of Hastings that will take place in Westminster later this month. Hyde was introducing her horse, The Count of Stockton (whose registered name is Hired Count) to the chaos and commotion of a battle.
"He's still new to all this," Hyde said of her 6-year-old Palomino gelding she bought last March. "This was his first horse war, but he is sensible and easy to ride so he thought this was lots of fun."
Hyde said the Count's favorite thing was charging down the lists. Hyde's favorite thing was when the Count stopped when asked.
Some spectators had a chance to do more than watch.
"We want to get everyone involved, so we had lessons so that non-horse owners would have a chance to ride," Hyde said.
Another successful event last weekend was the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hunt Fall Hunter Race. Organizer Patricia Ann Straat said a new low hunter course drew a record number of participants for this event in which riders compete in pairs or teams of three.
Results of this year's event:
* Adults, Optimum Time over Low Fences -- First: The team of Pat Witty of Mr. Airy on Match, Bim Bradshaw of Woodbine on Warlock and Linda Parkeist on Fergie tied with the team of Jane Thery on Buck's Haven Alegra and Catherine Clevenger of Highland on Vamp. Second: Marilyn Mess and Charles Mess of Olney on Nima and Eden, respectively, and Lynn Pruitt on Spike. Third: Kathy Palmisano on Tin Whistle and Jennifer Stevens of Fallston on Connecticut Yankee.
* Juniors, Optimum Time over Low Fences -- First: Shanna Bradshaw of Woodbine on Jazmine and Jan Eakle on Annie. Second: Valerie Brown on Black Knight, Jessica Lane on Sweet Liza and S. W. Fulton on Clean and Sober.
* Adults, Optimum Time on the Flat -- First: Wanda Forney of Ellicott City on Vickie and Linda Dankert of Eldersburg on Fergie. Second: Anne Moe Benhoff of Woodstock on Moose and Patricia Straat of Sykesville on Machias. Third: Pat Rossi on Newton's Discovery, Julie Smith on Secret Hideaway and Kathy Palmisano on Tin Whistle.
* Junior, Optimum Time on the Flat -- First: Shanna Bradshaw of Woodbine on Jazmine and Jan Eakle on Annie. Second: Megan Reuwer of Ellicott City on Vickie, Trae Reuwer on Mouse and Emily Reeder on Brownie. Third: Alexandra Curtis of Silver Spring on Shadrack and Gayle Libby Curtiss of Silver Spring on Peaches.
* Optimum Time over Fences -- First: Christian Lombardine on Mr. Hagley and Terry Materniall on On The Dance Floor. Second: Kristin Hafner of Glen Arm on Skipjack and Holly Gilmore on On The Sly. Third: Angela Royer of New Market on Indian Toast and Jennifer Sponseller of New Market on Double Date.
Calendar of events
Friday -- Closing date for the Hunting Ground Farm Horse Trials on Oct. 31. Divisions consist of Training, Novice Rider, Novice Horse, Beginner Novice Rider, Beginner Novice Horse, Baby Beginner Novice and Tiny Tots. (410) 879-4031.
Oct. 24 -- Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association Halloween Show. Howard County Fairgrounds. (410) 781-6303.
Oct. 24-31 -- Washington International Horse Show. USAir Arena, Landover. (301) 840-0281.