Kathy Parker is happy to be back eventing, and Saturday was an opportunity to get her green horse additional experience before moving up to training level. She was among those who took part in the Paradise Farm Hunter Trial and Dog Show Saturday at Lellie Ward’s Paradise Farm.
“I wanted to come out and school, get him over some courses, practice our stadium,” said Parker, who trains with Ward. “It’s an open hunter trial, but they do cross country fences. It’s been a relaxing day, and a lot of fun.”
A return to the discipline of eventing, has been enjoyable for Parker, who is now a mother of two children, but had gone intermediate before her hiatus from the sport. Parker brought her off the track Thoroughbred to Saturday’s event. Parker participated in the 3-foot class that featured a bank, ditch, water complex and cross country jumping efforts.
“The course had brush fences, and things you may or may not see out in the hunt field,” said Parker.
However, Parker wasn’t the only one that was making a transition as the eventer’s horse Peace Dancer, or Junior as he’s known around the barn, is adjusting to his new career. The elegant dark bay gelding will be competing in two weeks at the Paradise Farm Horse Trials.
“He’s not been the easiest horse to ride,” said Parker. “But, I’m getting used to that. He’s come a long way. He’s a very good jumper, quick and fast. He’s grown up a lot, and he’s teaching me a lot. I’m building my confidence level back up.”