‘Cel­e­bra­tion of the Horse’ re­turns to Tuck­a­hoe

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Church - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

QUEEN ANNE — Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter will host the se­cond an­nual “Cel­e­bra­tion of the Horse” Satur­day, Oct. 13. The fevent is spon­sored by the Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Club for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive year. Ad­mis­sion is free.

The cel­e­bra­tion be­gins at 10 a.m. with an open­ing cer­e­mony by the Mary­land Rough Rid­ers, fol­lowed by a per­for­mance by the Queen Anne’s County Pony Ex­press Drill Team.

Demon­stra­tions will in­clude the sport of bar­rel racing, fol­lowed west­ern dres­sage and ther­a­peu­tic rid­ing by An­nie Trice, and west­ern rein­ing by Grove Creek Mules. That will be fol­lowed by Amer­i­can Mus­tang and Bur­ros rid­ers. Grover Creek mules will demon­strate dres­sage ma­neu­vers, and Karen Marx will demon­strate how to train for west­ern horse­man­ship ac­com­pa­nied by a num­ber of her stu­dents rid­ing dif­fer­ent horses.

An awards pre­sen­ta­tion to be made by the Mary­land Horse In­dus­try Board Direc­tor Ross Ped­di­cord is planned im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the morn­ing ses­sion.

The af­ter­noon ses­sion will be­gin with the “Pa­rade of Breeds” at 12:30 p.m. with many dif­fer­ent breeds of horses show­cased, demon­strat­ing the spe­cialty of each breed. Ponies, gaited horses, dif­fer­ent breeds of jump­ing horses, and plea­sure rid­ing breeds will be fea­tured.

That will be fol­lowed by the Gen­tle Giant’s Drill Team of draft horses, and then a demon­stra­tion of vault­ing by Kirsten Wi­ley, and trick and Ro­man rid­ing by Wi­ley and John Moore. Bren­dan Wise will demon­strate “bri­dle-less” dres­sage. Donny Lord will demon­strate driv­ing a “sur­rey with the fringe on top,” fol­lowed by Kat Mel­ton demon­strat­ing mounted archery. Lo­cal 4-H eques­tri­ans will demon­strate jump­ing. The pro­gram will con­clude with a demon­stra­tion of “bri­dle­less” jump­ing by Me­lanie Fer­rio-Wise.

Dif­fer­ent equine spe­cial­ists will be on the grounds demon­strat­ing their skills and an­swer­ing ques­tions. Among them, an equine den­tist, black­smith and a vet­eri­nar­ian.

Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able at the con­ces­sion inside the Tuck­a­hoe Club House. The event will take place, rain or shine, and is sched­uled to end about 4 p.m.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Lo­cal eques­trian John Moore stands atop his horses, “Sokie” and “Cochise.”He will re­turn to per­form Satur­day, Oct. 13, dur­ing the se­cond an­nual Cel­e­bra­tion of the Horse at Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter in Queen Anne. Moore and his as­so­ciate Kirsten Wil­ley will demon­strate “Ro­man Rid­ing.”

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Lo­cal mule en­thu­si­ast Garon Stutz­man of Cen­tre­ville rides along as Jane Rhoades of Den­ton holds the reigns of the mule-drawn wagon filled with pas­sen­gers. Stutz­man and his wife, Donna, will at­tend the Cel­e­bra­tion of the Horse with their mules Satur­day, Oct. 13, at Tuck­a­hoe Eques­trian Cen­ter in Queen Anne.

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