MICHAEL JOHNSON/Livingston County News
Wyoming County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jackie Copeland won Best Western Turnout on her homebred Quarter Horse ‘Handsome,’ in his first Mounted Patrol competition.
Mounted patrol competition is always a treat
There’s nothing like a county fair when it comes to sights, sounds and smells. An added bonus, as far as I’m concerned, at the Hemlock Fair is the Mounted Patrol competition that has been going on now for 20 years.
One could call it a trail class with attitude, meaning that course designer Gary Cicoria keeps coming up with creative and innovative ways to simulate actual conditions that mounted officers and their trusty equine partners might encounter in their work.
This year’s timed course of obstacles included:
1.) Dismount, light a flare, place it on the ground, and remount;
2.) Stand between four cones for a blast from a fire extinguisher under the belly (!);
3.) Pass through a “construction site” of pallets, pipes, cones, and plastic tape fluttering on a fan;
4.) Take a bag of cans from atop a barrel, drag it some distance by the attached rope, and replace it atop another barrel;
5.) Sidepass (either left or right) over the length of two rails on the ground;
6.) Stand between cones in front of a fire engine for a blast from the horn;
7.) Back straight between two rails;
8.) Push a chest-height barrel on a swivel 360 degrees;
9.) Push a “Flintstone” buggy made of PVC pipes a designated distance; and finally
10.) Move demonstrators away from a police car and then escort it, with lights and sirens on, over the finish line.
Whew! Oh, by the way, don’t try that at home. In fact, people like local retired officer Joann Long, who has won the North American Championships in this “sport” a few times, offer mounted-police-style obstacle and sensory clinics on a regular basis, if you’re interested.
Judges Dave Ayers from Caledonia and Genesee Valley Hunt Joint-Master Marion Thorne scored each obstacle on the timed course on a ten-point scale. I had the honor of scoring each entry on turnout: rider, tack and horse.
Seven horse and rider pairs from three local departments took part in the afternoon event. Represented were the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department). Livingston County’s five mounted deputies do not compete because they are busy running the show.
As Livingston County Sheriff John York remarked, in the twenty years since the formation of the Livingston County Mounted patrol and this competition began, he has been more than impressed, proud, and honored by the work these people do, usually with their own resources, time, and effort.
In the final standings, the Judges’ Effort Award went to Jackie Copeland of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit riding Handsome in his first competition. Copeland bred the truly handsome, seven-year-old, buckskin, Quarter Horse gelding, and had him immaculately turned out, to also win that award in the Western division. Copeland also won the Volunteer Deputy division at the North American Police Equestrian Championships last year in Toronto, Canada, and will be defending her championship this year on September 28 – 30 in the Washington, D.C. area.
Joanne Woodworth of the RPD won the Turn Out Award in the much larger English division riding Honest Abe, a Belgian/appaloosa cross.
In the obstacles division, Michael Horst of the MCSO had the highest score riding Heavy D, a percheron/thoroughbred cross. Second place went to Joanne Woodworth and Honest Abe, followed by John Copeland of the WCSD on Mr. T.
Joann Long was on hand because she said, “It was so much fun to watch everyone compete!” I feel the same way. In fact, Long took some great pictures that you might enjoy seeing at gentledovefarmevents.shutterfly.com
This item comes from a Facebook posting by Debbie Shoemaker North on the Rochester Trail Riders page
There have been several break-in’s of vehicles at local hiking/biking/riding spots. Today I helped yet another person whose window was smashed, car rummaged and purse taken. It is not easy or cheap to cancel all of your cards, close accounts and open new ones, get a new license at the DMV, and replace locks on anything that had a key on the keyring.
Take only what you absolutely need to the park/path, be AWARE of who is watching you get ready to walk or ride. Lock your doors on your vehicle; don’t leave anything in plain sight. For you horsey friends, most people won’t bother with our mounting blocks and buckets, halters or lead ropes tied to the trailers, but have SPARES with you just in case. Today’s victim walked the Lehigh Trail. Another recent one was on the canal path in Pittsford.
New York State Recreational Horse Owner/Operator Survey
The New York Farm Bureau is working with the New York Racing and Agriculture Industry Alliance to demonstrate the economic value of the equine industry in New York. Your input via this survey will be very valuable to this cause.
Please visit the website https://innovationgroup.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aV7y0VPtm1HBC4d to complete the survey by answering some general questions about your horse farm. (What don’t these people get about “tiny URLs”? Sorry and good luck in typing this in accurately, but please make your voice heard.).
Sunday, Aug. 5 – Irish Draught Horse Society of North America Hunter Pace 10 am to 2 pm at Batzing Farms, 3932 Batzing Road, Caledonia. For more information, call Sarah at 585-303-1888 and download the flyer from the www.gvrdc.org website under calendar.
Sunday, Aug. 5 – Oxford Hill Farm Horse Show II; a small, affordable hunter- jumper show. A good place to school young horses and riders of all levels. Friendly and Fun! Contact Susan at: email@example.com or call 585-226-8417.
The prize list for the 97th Annual Horse Fair on Sunday, August 19 at the Avon Driving Park, sponsored by the Genesee Valley Breeders Association Inc. is posted online at http://www.gvbreeders.com. Deadline for catalog entries is Monday, August 6th and late entries close on Friday, August 10. In addition to breeding classes, with new “relaxed” eligibility requirements, also featured will be Pony and Open Hunter divisions. For more information contact Miro Boyczuk at 716-646-3132, 585-703-5416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 8–12: The Walnut Hill Walnut Hill Driving Competition at 397 W. Bloomfield Rd, Pittsford, NY. This is the widely acknowledged premier driving event in the country…and it’s just up the road. Tickets available at gate: $10 adults, $5 children. Parking is free. For more info go to www.walnuthillfarm.org, call Tricia Remley-White at (585) 385-2555 or email@example.com.