After a few weeks of lessoning and hard work at home, the Fox Lake team headed out last week to Wills Park Equestrian Center for the Old Atlanta Classic. Wills Park Equestrian Center holds a special place in the heart of Allison Black, who attended her first A-rated show there in 1991. That experience helped spark the dream that inspired Allison to pursue Fox Lake Farm as it exists today. Years later, Allison gets to return to the same place to show every year with her clients, having made that dream come to fruition.
Emma Grace Early made the move to the jumpers for the first time with her mount Supreme Challenge during week I. Emma Grace and “Challenge” tackled the .80 and .85 jumpers together to much success. The pair took Reserve Champion honors in the .80 division and Champion in the .85 division. We’re excited to watch this pair move through the ranks together as they tackle their new discipline.
Also in the jumper ring, Ginny Joyner piloted Abby Beaty’s Donnaludine to 3rd place in the $1500 1.15 Jumper Classic.
Keri Rankin and her own Odessa tackled the Adult Amateur Hunters, and the pair came away with Champion honors as well as a win in the $500 NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic.
Dylan Driver catch rode Mimi Colette Frei’s Hillcrest Songbird in the Large Pony Hunter division and the pair had nearly a clean sweep, winning every class but one in which they were second! “Eva” brought her A-game, also clinching a win in the $500 Pony Hunter Classic out of 15 entries with Dylan aboard. Hagen Blackwell also competed in the Large Pony division aboard Hey Scooby with good ribbons out of 12 ponies.
Campbell Swanner and Luxe competed in a competitive Large 3’3 Junior Hunter division and came away with good ribbons over fences and a 2nd in the Under Saddle. Campbell also competed in the 12-17 Equitation and came away with two 3rds and a 4th.
Julia McAdam and Hide Away tackled the Pre-Children’s Hunters and had good placings together including a 5th in the Pre-Children’s Hunter Classic. In the Pre-Children’s Equitation, Julia took two 1st place prizes and a 2nd.
Ginny Joyner returned for week II with Hillcrest Songbird and Dylan Driver had the ride again, piloting the pony to 1st place in the $1500 Pony Hunter Derby and Champion Honors in the Large Pony Hunters for a second week!
The Fox Lake team is home for a couple of weeks before Allison heads to USEF Pony Finals with Mimi Colette Frei and Hillcrest Songbird. Following that, the whole team will head to Chattahoochie Hills for their summer classics.