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Honor Society



            Kathy Humphries’ trip to Freedom Hall with her beautiful four-year-old Pleasure Driving Pony Honor Society would never have happened the way it did if Humphries had been left to her own devices.

            To know the story of this pair you have to back up a little bit to last year’s World’s Championship Horse Show where Holli Hayes, from Majestic Oaks, was showing a three-year-old Harness Pony for owner and breeder Juliet McDonald.

            Kathy saw him and was immediately struck by him. “I loved his name before I ever saw him but then when I saw him I loved him and I couldn’t stop thinking about him.

            She went back home after Louisville to Oxford, NC and life went back to normal. She spent her time between work and with her barn family at Heads Up! Riding Academy with longtime friend and trainer Myra Williams and her daughter Paige Owen and the entire barn family.

            Unbeknownst to Kathy, Myra was in touch with Rich Campbell about the pony and when Honor Society came to the North Carolina State Championship Charity Horse Show, Kathy bought him.

            Myra took over his training and because he’d done so well as a harness pony she left him in that division. Kathy and her pony debuted in March at Raleigh Spring Premier and finished as the Harness Pony Reserve Grand Champions. Two wins at Raleigh Invitational and two more at Southern States followed.

            Early in June Myra and Kathy were deep in conversation when Myra asked Kathy what she would do when and if Myra retired. “My answer to her was that I had no idea. I’d never really thought about it,” said Kathy. “She asked me again and after thinking about it for a little while I told her that I’d probably go to Majestic Oaks.”

            Myra told Kathy, “I think you should go. This pony is good enough to go to Louisville and you have to seize the opportunity. You and the pony should go to Rich and Maureen’s.”

            Kathy objected and told Myra she’d never leave. She was happy for any success she and the pony had to take place under Myra’s direction. “I said I didn’t think it would be right to move the pony. We’ve been friends and I’ve been in her barn for more than 30 years. We argued about it for a while and went back and forth but I had no idea that the entire time we’d been arguing about it, she’d been texting Rich [Campbell] arranging for them to take pony so I could show him at Louisville.”

            Honor Society headed to Majestic Oaks the first part of June and Abel Salazar showed him at Asheville Invitational in the Open Breed Pleasure Driving class and won. Rich and Maureen then decided that the pleasure driving division suited him even better than the harness pony division had and he debuted with Kathy at Blue Ridge. They won the UPHA Hackney Pleasure Driving Classic blue ribbon and it was on to Louisville.

            Myra is not retired but she made the dream become a reality for Kathy and on Sunday afternoon, in only her second show with her pony in his new division, Humphries and Honor Society were crowned the Amateur Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony Reserve World’s Champions.

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