Cheshire Hunt dominates Pa. National Hunt Night with help of two fresh from Fair Hill Event
- By SARA CAVANAGH
HARRISBURG, Pa.--Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds of Unionville, Pa., won or placed in every class at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show's Hunt Night on Monday, Oct, 16, topping off the evening with a win in the Hunt Team class to take the Championship with 40 points over Bull Run Hunt of Orange, Va.
Two of Cheshire's winners, fresh off competing successfully at the Fair Hill International Event the previous four days, had never competed in Hunt Night before, but that didn't stop them from each contributing a win to help Cheshire to the championship.
Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., who had just finished third in the CCI three-star at Fair Hill on Tsetserleg, won the Gentleman's Hunter Under Saddle, and Erike Nesler, also of Cochranville, who placed in the top 20, finishing 17th, in the CCI two-star on Right Above It, was a member of the winning Hunt Team and placed fifth in Field Hunters - Riders 35 and under. a class that had 34 competitors.
The winning Hunt Team, Joy Slater, Skylar McKenna and Nesler, defeated 20 teams from 13 hunts.
"Neither Skylar nor I had ever ridden on a hunt team before, and we never even got to practice before competing at Harrisburg," said Nesler, who rode another of her event horses, No Doubt DSF, a 7-year-old who has competed successfully at intermediate in eventing.