May 29, 2014
My Horses Competed In The Bedford Pace
The Bedford Riding Lanes Association (BRLA) is a publicly supported, non-profit organization, which maintains more than 100 miles of equestrian riding lanes, running through beautiful private properties, near my home in Bedford. Twice a year, BRLA holds a competition fund-raiser called the Bedford Pace. The Pace is divided into 4 categories - Hunt, Pleasure, Junior, and Western. Prior to the event, an official rides each course to set the time. The participants begin riding, not knowing what the set time is. The rider or riders who finish closest to the set time win the event. Betsy Perreten, my stable manager, loves riding in the pace and this past Memorial Day, she and her teammate, Monique Schulman, rode in the Pleasure Division.
1 Here is Betsy on Ramon at the, who is wearing a handsome crocheted fly bonnet. The Pace began and ended at the historic John Jay Homestead, down the road from my farm. John Jay was one of the founding fathers of the United States.
2 Riding with Betsy was Monique Schulman on Rinze.
3 Monique handed off the team's ticket at the start of the Pace to register their names, start time, and their division.
4 And they're off!
5 This is Michael Kooyman riding with Nikki Esdorn, who is known for her beautiful, diminutive Icelandic horses.
6 This part of the Pace went through a newly planted fruit orchard. This is where an orchard grew years ago and is now being restored. The trees are protected by wire cages.
7 David and Cindy Feureisen were all set to ride.
8 This is Debbie Costa and her twin sister, Barbara Matarazzo, at the start.
9 This team was Morgan Murphy and Adam Feureisen, son of David and Cindy.
10 There was a very good turnout of about 100 teams.
11 Many teams like to dress in matching shirts. These ladies and their horses looked pretty in pink.
12 This team looked very patriotic on Memorial Day.
13 This section of the trail had some jumps to navigate.
14 And this section involved crossing a stream.
15 Water crossing can be tricky on horseback because of slippery rocks to maneuver around and the depth of the water is sometimes hard to judge. This is Nina Eisenman and Vance Brown riding Indy and Wapiti.
16 Here are Betsy and Monique approaching the finish line.
17 The Pace started and ended at The John Jay Homestead. The buildings are some of the historic barns on the property.
18 After competing in the Pace, riders could hose down their horses and allow them to graze.
19 A beautiful Sperry tent was set up at the Homestead for dual events.
20 Kathi Meenan was there presenting information about Wishes For Horses, a group that offers scholarships to children who could not otherwise afford riding lessons.
21 Jamie Manning Selling from Manning Saddle Restoration manned her table.
22 The ribbons were laid out to present to the winners of each division.
23 This was the raffle table - I offered a basket of Martha Stewart Living products. There were also gift certificates to local restaurants, a wine basket, jams and jellies, a halter, and a framed BRLA trail map.
24 This table had BRLA merchandise for sale.
25 After the Pace, a lunch was served.
26 Longtime BRLA member, Carol Bancel, announced the Pace and raffle winners. She was pleased to say that this is the 28th year of the Pace and she's been involved with nearly all of them.
27 This is Leslie Harris and Melissa Furnari, the first place winners in the Pleasure Division.
28 The first place winners in the Hunt Division were Shari Rossi and Jim Dwyer.
29 Tom Gathen and Terri Plunkett took home the blue in the Western Division.