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UPHA Chapter 17 Horsemanship Finals

PERRY, Ga. – The UPHA Chapter 17 Horsemanship Finals were held in Perry, Ga., on Oct. 6-7 at the Georgia State Fair and during the Georgia State Championship Horse Show which is held by the local ASHA group, ASHAG.


In order to enter the finals entries had to mail videotapes that demonstrated their riding skills. These riders were required to be UPHA members. This event was coordinated by Chapter members Christy Parker and Chan Sutton.


On Saturday, the riders randomly drew a horse by number and were required to perform a predetermined individual pattern. Each rider was given a UPHA Chapter 17 Horsemanship Finals t-shirt which they wore in the event. From a field of 23 riders, Renee Jones of Morgan View Stables of Macon, Ga., narrowed the group down to the top 10.


Twenty-three riders came together for the first

UPHA Chapter 17 Horsemanship Finals, held during

the Georgia State Championship Horse Show.


On Sunday morning before the Georgia State Championship Horse Show, the top 10 riders once again drew another horse by number. They were given a UPHA Chapter 17 Top 1- Finals shirt to ride in during this competition.


Renee Jones and Melissa Johnson both judged the Top 10 riders while they preformed the rail work. From the Top 10, the judges then put several riders back out on the rail for more work to narrow the field down even more.


The UPHA Chapter 17 Horsemanship Finals

Champion Caitlyn Pumpelly with Christy Parker.


Caitlyn Pumpelly emerged as the champion with Barbara Cass tying reserve. Pumpelly received a beautiful saddle pad donated by Corcel and a plaque donated by Ward Stables. The Jerry Hedden family, Jeff and Peggy Councilman, as well as Doug and Janice Flor were also contributing sponsors of the event. The finals could not have been held without the donation of the horses from the local owners and trainers. Horses were donated by Christy Parker, Chan Sutton, Emily McNair, Melissa and Lisa Heres Rosenberger, Susan Reimer, Pam Roush and Patricia Garbutt.


Barbara Cass captured the

reserve championship.


Held for the first year, this event was a huge success for UPHA Chapter 17 and the Southeast with riders hailing from four different states and seven different barns. UPHA Chapter 17 hopes to watch this event grow and expand in the Southeast for many years to come.

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