He’s a master that serves as a teacher.

Hang Time was a horse that Sally Rumpf got from one of Kim Severson’s working students.

And although the rider and horse have only spent a short time together, their bond continues to evolve, with the combination sitting in first place after the dressage phase in their novice division Saturday at the Paradise Farm Horse Trials. Rumpf and Hang Time recorded a score of 27.80.

“This is my second year working with Hang Time,” said Rumpf. “He’s teaching me how to event.”

The horseman made the transition from the world of hunter/jumpers, exhibiting before she had children, but then a favorable life altering experience would change everything for Rumpf.

“I went cross country and I was hooked,” said Rumpf, the reason behind why she became involved with the sport of eventing. “My children were out of college, so it was my turn.”

Hang Time. or Oliver as he’s known around the barn, is a seasoned campaigner, a horse that’s been there and has done that, said Rumpf.

“In the dressage arena, he knows his job,” said Rumpf. “He’s teaching me.”

Hang Time is equally as talented and competent in the stadium jumping arena, said the rider.

“He’s awesome on cross country,” said Rumpf.

The horseman came up for this weekend’s horse trials from Charleston, and was prepared for the event, realizing adjustments would have to be made because of the ice storm.

“I had water in my trailer, so I was good to go,” said Rumpf.