Veteran trainers see PSJ circuit as beneficial to horsemen
A number of veteran horseman who are no stranger to the Progressive Show Jumping circuit, have their students exhibiting this weekend at the PSJ Medal Finals. Brick Church Farm’s Karen Kelley and Creekside Farm’s Adrian Mack have had their students show regularly at both the PSJ local and A rated shows.
Mack has two of her students entered in the South Carolina Derby, and another will be exhibiting in the junior medal finals. Creekside Farm has seven head competing this weekend.
“I did my first PSJ show in 1990 in Lexington, S.C.,” said Mack, who trains out of Irmo, S.C.
Brenda Terry is Mack’s daughter, and the junior rider is showing this weekend in the PSJ Medal finals, and will return for the Palmetto Finals in Camden at the South Carolina Equine Park, Nov. 2-Dec. 30. Terry will be showing a 10-year-old bay Selle Francais she has had for the past 3 years. Terry competes on both the A and local circuits.
“She does the 3 foot six inch classes, the Maclay Medal,” said Mack. “She’s a senior in high school, so next year will be her last junior year.”
The PSJ Medal Finals are an annual stop on Karen Kelley’s Charleston-based Brick Church Farm’s calendar. The trainer’s students work all year long, exhibiting at shows to accumulate points toward qualifying for the medal finals.
A number of exhibitors at this week’s show are in the process of accumulating points toward the South Carolina Hunter Derby finals Nov. 30-Dec. 2, with the finals itself being held in Camden at the South Carolina Equine Park. However, the points for the PSJ circuit had already been totaled, with the finals being held this weekend at Highfields Event Center.
“We have one adult and one junior in the medal finals, and we have another junior rider trying out a horse for next year,” said Kelley. “We also have a cross railer who’s trying to gain points toward the year end final.”
Kelley was at the inaugural PSJ show, and believes the circuit is ideal for starting young riders, and provides horsemen with goals for the year.
“Aiken is very convenient to Charleston,” said Kelley. “That’s why you see a lot of us here. It’s nice having the local and A circuits. We can use both circuits for the different types of riders and horses that we have in our barn. It pretty much keeps us going all year long.”