1 Registration for the annual Bedford Pace was conducted under a big tent at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, New York. The John Jay Homestead was the home of statesman John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States. Those who helped with registration were Kali Herf, Terry Bancel, Joan Cirillo, and Maureen Sabo. http://www.johnjayhomestead.org
2 This year, my stable manager, Betsy, participated in the race with friends Muffin Dowdle and Kerry Kennedy.
3 Betsy's mount was my beautiful Friesian, Ramon. Here he was as he carried Betsy to the start tent.
4 Muffin road her handsome Palomino pony, Biscuit. At the start tent, Stan Schulman took pink registration cards from each participating team and gave instructions on what to do, and where to go.
5 Do you recognize who Kerry was riding? That's my Friesian, Rinze. Prior to the race, an official rides through the four division courses to set the times. No one is privy to those times, but the winner is the team that finishes closest to the time set for their category.
6 Muffin and Biscuit started the ride for the team, with Betsy and Ramon right behind her, and Kerry and Rinze holding up the back.
7 The team's number was 29. Each team was allowed to have up to four riders.
8 The Bedford Pace is purely a pleasure competition that was clearly marked at every junction along the way.
9 The ride took the team through all different types of terrain, such as this wide open field - isn't it beautiful?
10 If you look closely, you could see another team, which came up from behind. All participating teams ran the same course. From a distance, this team looked like juniors. Participants could go over these low tree trunk jumps, or pass them by.
11 Here were Muffin, Kerry and Betsy as they were directed by a member of the Bedford Police.
12 Beaver Dam Sanctuary was part of the route. Beaver Dam Sanctuary Park is located in the hamlet of Bedford Hills, New York, and one of several beautifully maintained park areas in the area.
13 The team from behind was catching up - can you see them?
14 And, there they went - they passed team number 29.
15 But Betsy, Muffin and Kerry were not far behind.
16 The three continued on. The Pace was well marked by color-coded signs along the course.
17 A section of the race included crossing a stream. Water crossings may sometimes be challenging on horseback depending on the depth of the water and how rocky the area is.
18 Pink arrows indicated the route of the course, while yellow signs indicated it was a BRLA maintained path.
19 Here was another team which came up from behind.
20 Betsy and Ramon took the lead spot for the team with Kerry and Muffin riding behind them - the three had a great time riding together.
21 The three came to another wide field across from the John Jay Homestead.
22 The Bedford Police have helped every year - they always do a terrific job directing riders across major roads.
23 At the finish line, there was a low jump for all the riders and their horses. Photographer, Kathy Matthews, took photos as each team crossed it.
24 This tape kept people from parking too close or blocking the finish line.
25 Here are some of the horses that came in. These were junior competitors. Again, the goal was to hit the time set by the official.
26 Here was another team including Meredith Brokaw, Cynthia Brill, Wendy Belzberg and Susan Wayne. The horse on the left is an Appaloosa, the only one of this foursome not an lcelandic horse. On this day, he was considered an
"honorary Icelandic". Although Icelandic horses are small, they are long-lived, hardy and strong. The Icelandic horse is the only breed of horse in Iceland.
27 It was a good show - more than 100 participants entered the Bedford Pace this year, and as you can see, a lot of spectators showed up to watch as well.
28 Because the Pace was run to a specific time already set by a race official, competitors could start at any time within a given range. These are other horses and their mounts getting ready to start the course.
29 After the two hour ride, riders can give their horses a refreshing rinse to cool them off and remove sweat and loose hair from their coats.
30 Here was a beautiful American paint horse cross. The American Paint Horse is a breed that combines the conformation standards of a western stock horse with the spotting pattern of a pinto. The combination of white with dark color was so striking.
31 Many participating teams like to wear the same or similar clothing. These were polo enthusiasts in their patriotic Americana themed gear.
32 A farrier always stands by during the Pace. This is Klaus Selmayr. Some horses may lose a shoe during the Pace, so a farrier is always on hand to help. They specialize in equine foot care and the placing of the horses' shoes.
33 Here was a horse as he neared the finish jump.
34 Here was the lunch tent. Everyone who was at the Pace, or nearby, could enjoy a tasty lunch after the competition.
35 There was also a tag sale, where people could purchase slightly used horse gear, prints and other supplies.
36 There was a raffle - do you see the prize I donated? I offered a basket of Martha Stewart Living products.
37 Here were all the ribbons for the winners in each of the four divisions: hunt, pleasure, juniors, and western.
38 Jamie Manning Selling from Manning Saddle Restoration manned her display.
39 Carol Bancel organized this race. In fact, she has organized and run The Pace for many years.
40 She made a few announcements before calling the raffle.
41 Congratulations to the winners of the western division: Terri Plunkett, Tom Gathen and Mary Van Wie.
42 Here were the junior winners: Jess Upham, Jamison Glass, Justine Phillips and Danielle Brazeau.
43 And here were the hunt winners: Audrianna Finney and Brenna Dailey. The winners of the pleasure division included: Matt Elliot and Deborah Allen, but they got there ribbons before we could take their photo.