PETS 2013 Show Off a Big Success

Over a dozen riders exhibit their horsemanship skills to family and friends

PETS Show Off 2013 115UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland – Over a dozen riders gathered at the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center, Show Place Arena to share the horsemanship skills learned since the start of the spring riding season with PETS.

Since May riders of all ages and abilities have been attending weekly lessons based on their own ability levels. On Saturday the riders participated in a Show Off event that included a competition based on the skills they learned within three judged events.

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PETS rider meets the judges in the Obstacle Course before starting the first round. (PETS photo)

Volunteers and riders gathered at the equestrian center covered arena to participate in three events: obstacle course, command or dressage course and the barrel race. The course was laid out on Friday night by volunteers and instructors working well into the evening to prepare for the event. On Saturday riders faced off against each other in a friendly competition judged by members of the Old People’s Riding Club, Equitarians, a local riding similar to Pony Club, but for people over the age of 21.

PETS rider answers horsemanship questions from a OPRC judge before moving on to the next event. (PETS photo)

PETS rider answers horsemanship questions from a OPRC judge before moving on to the next event. (PETS photo)

The course events highlight the skills each rider worked to master through the lessons from PETS instructors. Detailed judging evaluated each rider from correct commands and movements on horseback to information about the PETS program. Scorekeepers tallied the judges’ paperwork to rank all the riders. Winners will be announced at the upcoming volunteer appreciation picnic.

Gallery: PETS 2013 Show Off

During the event, attendees were introduced to information about the program as well as ways to support the volunteer operated, non-profit organization.  Read More ‘About PETS’

PETS Show Off 2013 102A highlight of the day was a visit and demonstration from a mounted officer from the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department. A brief riding and dressage pattern were shown and then the audience was allowed to ask questions and meet the pair up close.

Maryland National Capital Park Police provided a riding demonstration and answered questions. (PETS photo)

Maryland National Capital Park Police provided a riding demonstration and answered questions. (PETS photo)

The Show Off ended with the announcement of the PETS / R&D Cross 2013 ‘Horse of The Year’ winner. A fun contest among the PETS community, the voting recognizes the one horse that is a favorite that year and also acknowledges the behind the scenes support the program and equestrian center receives from a local community business. This year’s winning horse is ‘Dancer’, a registered American Quarterhorse who has been with PETS for many years and serves a wide range of riders. Read more about the ‘Horse of The Year’

'Dancer', PETS rider and volunteers finish the obstacle course and prepare for the next round. (PETS photo)

‘Dancer’, PETS rider and volunteers finish the obstacle course and prepare for the next round. (PETS photo)

About PETS

Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services, Inc. (PETS) is a 100% volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit PATH Int. Premier Accredited center providing skill-based horseback riding lessons, at no charge, to children and adults of Prince George’s County dealing with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Sponsored by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, PETS operates out of the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center, Show Place Arena. For more information, view PETS online at pgpets.wordpress.com or contact 301-627-4308.

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