The 10th anniversary of the Katydid Combined Driving Event was an appropriate setting for the German Riding Pony, Hemmingway to compete in his first intermediate single pony competition. Now owned by Irene Gillis of Windsor, South Carolina, Hemmingway was originally owned by Jennifer Matheson of Katydid Farm.
After two win in preliminary single pony at the Kentucky Classic and Pine Tree CDEs, Gillis and trainer, Shelly Temple, decided to debut Hemmingway (or “Hemi” as he is affectionately known) at intermediate level.
Friday saw Hemmingway receive a 50.78 in dressage. Temple believes Hemi is still a work in progress yet continues to gain experience and confidence with each show. “I was thrilled with Hemi’s marathon,” declared Temple after the 15 kilometer event (over 9 miles). :He continues to get stronger and is putting it together.” The dup won the best overall marathon at the intermediate level.
Sunday witnessed a large crowd enjoying a brunch on a warm, sunny day. Again, Hemi performed solidly during the cones phase of the competition to secure his first win at the higher level. “Katydid CDE is a great event, and we are so happy to compete at this lovely facility owned by Katrina Becker,” exclaimed Temple. Two of Temple’s sponsors, Kentucky Equine Research and Leather Therapy also supported Katydid CDE. Temple and Catalyst Driving Center also welcomed a new sponsor, Back on Track products. Temple’s sponsors also include Omega Fields, ThinLine, Purina, Kombat Boots, and Charles Owens.