Our annual mounted combat symposium has come and gone, and what a wonderful weekend it was! The sun smiled kindly on us for the Friday and Saturday of Mounted Combat, Horseback Archery, Classical Riding, Ballet and Mounted Games, and by Sunday those of us competing in the tournament were grateful for some cooler, cloudy skies!
There were seven pairs competing in the Grooms' round this year, and our judges Isabel and Eleanor were impressed with the overall turnout. For the first time ever, all seven teams scored over 40 points out of a possible 50, and there was only a difference of 0.5 points between first and second place!
- Stephanie Laversin & Michael Pearson grooming Dancer, 49 points
- Kailea DeLeon & Robert Borsos grooming Caden, 48.5 points
- Jennifer MacPherson & Zoltan Czontos grooming Gabriel, 45.5 points
The team games were Bending, 2-flag and Stick-pegging, and the team with the fastest time was awarded 4 points, the second fastest 3 points, etc.
- Team DeLeon Farm: Kailea DeLeon on Caden and Stephanie Laversin on Dancer, 11 points
- Tie: Team Chrises: Christian Deron on Molson and Chris Richardson on Flavie, 8 points
- Tie: Team Borsos Torsz: Robert Borsos on Chicco and Zolton Czontos on Gabe, 8 points
- Allie Douglas on Princess and Ben Davis on Flavie, 10 points
- Shannon Saunders on Molson and Laura Ambrosiano on Chicco, 9 points
- Karissa King on Chicco and Jennifer MacPherson on Gabe, 8 points
- Molly Glave on Princess and Nicole Roch on Chicco, 12 points
- Michael Pearson on Flavie and Tracey Leacock on Princess, 8 points
The archery competition consisted of a single timed run. The riders had 2 arrows each, but only needed to hit the target with one arrow and then cross the finish line. If no arrow hit the target, the rider was eliminated. Fastest time won.
- Zoltan Czontos on Gabe, 5.9 seconds
- Kailea DeLeon on Caden, 7.7 seconds
- Robert Borsos on Chicco, 8.6 seconds
The games were Rings, Balloon, and Quintain. Like the team games, the fastest time won each race and riders were awarded points for placings, with the maximum points for each round being 7.
- Robert Borsos on Chicco, 21 points
- Stephanie Laversin on Dancer, 17 points
- Zoltan Czontos on Gabe, 14 points
- Jennifer MacPherson on Gabe, 16 points
- Karissa King on Chicco, 15 points
- Allie Douglas on Princess, 13 points
- Nicole Roch on Flavie, 12 points
- T: Molly Glave on Princess, 10 points
- T: Michael Pearson on Flavie, 10 points
Green Spur Tournament
Our Spur Tournament is open only to those who have earned the rank of Green Spur or higher within the program. This year we had five new Green Spurs to award to Christian Deron, Stephanie Laversin, Ben Davis, Tracey Leacock and Laura Ambrosiano. These combatants deserve particular kudos for riding into the combat ring with their spurs so fresh and shiny. The tournament consisted of a round robin between eight participants.
- Chris Richardson on Flavie and Chicco, undefeated with 6 wins and a tie
- Jennifer Landels on Jolie, 5 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss
- Ben Davis on Flavie, 5 wins, 2 losses
The overall champion was the competitor with the highest point total for the day. Congratulations to:
- Grand Champion: Stephanie Laversin on Dancer, with 43 points
- Reserve Champion: Robert Borsos on Chicco, with 39 points
- 2nd Reserve: Chris Richardson on Flavie and Chicco, with 35 points.
Thank you to everyone who made this weekend possible: our fabulous instructors Veli, Rob, Zoltan, Peter, Jenn V, Greg, Devon, Isabel, Eleanor and Kate; the hard-working volunteers, before and during the event, Ben, Nicole, Margaret, Britt, Jay, Alicia, Allie, Christine and everyone who stepped in to help with equipment, horses, and the concession; Jenn M, Kelli and Steph for lending their horses, and of course to all our participants for being such diligent students and super competitors!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the tournament and the two days of workshops leading up to it. It was an amazing weekend of mounted skill at arms and we are extraordinarily proud of the depth of talent growing in the program.
No time to rest on your laurels! Riding and Horsemanship classes start up again on Monday September 21st. There are only four spaces in the Level 1-2 classes, and four spaces in Level 3+. If you miss out on a Monday evening spot, there will be Sunday classes starting again in October, which will include Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat. There is still plenty of good riding left in the year, and this is a great time to tune up before the winter doldrums hit. See the Workshops Calendar for details.