By Suzanne Tighe
The entire Enhansoft team would like to congratulate Blue Riverstone and Caitlyn Tighe on qualifying to represent Eastern Ontario at the Provincial Finals!
For those of you who don’t know, Caitlyn Tighe is my daughter and I’m Enhansoft’s Lead Developer, Suzanne Tighe. Both Caitlyn and I are HUGE horse people. When I’m not in the office, I can be found with my horses at the Gaelic Glen Stables. We are so dedicated to the sport that every year we host a Hunter/Jumper Show held in May for the Silver and Bronze circuit in the Ottawa Valley.
The Trillium Hunter Jumper Association (THJA) is in the Eastern Ontario zone. It is extremely competitive and Caitlyn, who is 10-years old and by far the youngest competitor, is currently ranked 7 out of 17 riders. These rankings change from show to show.
This year’s Ontario Provincial Finals are being held at Caledon Equestrian Park (which was also the site of the 2015 Pan American Games) in Palgrave Ontario on August 29-31, 2017.
This is Caitlyn’s second time attending Ontario’s provincial finals. What makes this even more exciting is that Ontario’s provincial finals are Canada’s largest horse show. Caitlyn is hoping that with Blue Riverstone’s help, she will better her success at last year’s event where she finished second out of 42 on another pony, Captain Jack Sparrow!
This event will be a stepping-stone for Caitlyn to go onto the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) pony finals in Kentucky in either 2018 or 2019.
Best of Luck Caity!
What is Show Hunter/Jumper?
The hunter-jumper division is a branch of competitive horseback riding that is judged on the horse’s performance, soundness and when indicated, conformation, suitability or manners. A “show hunter” is a horse that competes in this division. Show hunters, ideally, show many qualities that were rewarded in the fox hunting field such as manners, fluid movement, and correct jumping style. They are shown in hunt seat style tack, and are often of Warmblood or Thoroughbred type, though a hunter-style pony is also seen in youth classes. In the United States, show hunters are primarily exhibited over fences, with a few additional classes offered for horses shown in-hand or on the flat. In the United Kingdom, competition over fences is called “Working Hunter,” and the term “Show Hunter” describes classes held on the flat.