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Old Dominion Futurity Benefit Horse Show Celebrates 5th Anniversary



The Old Dominion Futurity Benefit Horse Show held April 21st and 22nd at the Virginia Horse Center, was a rousing success for all – exhibitors, spectators, and sponsors alike.


Expertly judged by Brian Chappell of Perryville, KY, the supporting staff included manager Carolyn Folkers, secretary Jennifer Burks, ringmaster Ron Saunders in full dress, the articulate Dale Sheets as announcer, farrier Travis Herlocker, and photographer Tracy Kelsey of Branam’s Photography.


Tri-colored and blue ribbon ringside banners designating the Old Dominion Futurity sponsors added glitz, while a Mary Kay cosmetics representative offered glamour to all equitation riders by offering free pre-show makeup sessions.  Even a few “over the hill” exhibitors were seen taking advantage of this unique offering. 


Friday night’s session concluded with a full and filling chili supper and Bluegrass music provided by the Hard Drivin’ Grass band.  Two of the four members of the band were under 16, but they performed like they’d been playing all their life, and the exhibitors had a great time.  These “above and beyond” extras offered by the Old Dominion Futurity staff highlight the importance of a complete horse show experience.  Food, fun, and excitement prevailed!


Hard Drivin’ Grass band from Amherst, VA                                    Tyger River & Matthew Ward


Inclement weather was no problem when the Friday night classes were called at 6:00 p.m., as the stabling area, warm-up ring, and show ring are all under one roof.  Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. equitation and academy classes, well-filled and competitive, brought together many established winners and new riders starting to make their mark in 2006.  The 3:00 p.m. championship session saw standing ovation performances from several soon-to-be equine stars; the Denver and young horse classes were well-represented and invaluable for owners and trainers. 


Bagheira & Lee Hudson                                           Shamrock’s Asagi & Andre Fourie


Since its inception, the Futurity Show has presented lovely one-of-a-kind Thomas Jefferson pewter cups to all first place champions.  Every exhibitor strove to become an elite pewter cup “fraternity member.”    The Old Dominion Futurity Benefit Horse Show proved that competition, comradery, and class still exist in our show world. 


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