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Local riders win regional honors

POSTED: February 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.
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Caitlin Pumpelly with her championship ride.

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Four riders from Dixie Stables in Allenhurst won regional honors at the 2007 United Professional Horseman's Association Horsemanship Finals in Perry in October.
The competition was in conjunction with the American Saddlebred State Championship Show at the Georgia National Fair. The riders were Barbara Cass of Jesup, Caitlin Pumpelly of Jesup, Lindsay Dasher of Hinesville, and Katie Pearson of Richmond Hill. Tiffany Smith of Hinesville accompanied the riders as coach.
To qualify riders had to submit videotapes of their riding skills for a panel to review and select the top 20 riders. Competitors had to be amateurs, 13 and older and of advanced skill. The riders and three alternates selected were from Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee.
The riders did not take and ride their own horses. Instead, barns all over Georgia provided the horses used. On Saturday, Round 1, all riders randomly drew horses by number and each team (horse and rider) had to perform a predetermined individual pattern. From the field of 23, judge Renee Jones picked the top 10. All four Dixie Stable riders made the top 10.
On Sunday, the top 10 riders once again chose another horse and performed rail work as a group. Riders competed at three different gaits - walk, trot, and canter - both directions of the ring. Jones and Melissa Johnson judged Round 2. From these top 10, the judge chose several riders to go back to the rail to further narrow the field. Two places and top 10 were awarded, and Dixie Stables riders emerged as the top riders in the Region. Pumpelly emerged as the champion and Cass was the reserve champion.
Lynn Pace, who has been teaching horsemanship in Liberty County since 1972, instructs these young horsewomen.

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