For the past thirty years Virginia Native Professional Hunter Trainer, Winn Alden has been competing throughout Virginia and up and down the east coast. The Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, Upperville, VA was not a new destination for Alden. In fact it was OLD… like an OLD pair of boots. And this week the perfect fit was a 9 year old Berlin Brandenburg mare named ARIEL.
Recently moving up to the High Performance Working Hunter Division, Alden enjoyed a clean sweep winning all four over fences classes as well as the hack class. Dr. Betsee Parker, Middleburg, VA presented Alden and owner Peg Nara, Frederick, Maryland the Sky Ghost Challenge Trophy, High Performance Working Hunter Champion.
“This trophy cup has some history behind it”, Parker said with a smile while presenting it to Alden and
Nara. The clean sweep of the High Performance Working Hunter division opened the door for “Ariel” to be awarded The Ground Zero Hero Challenge Trophy, Grand Champion Hunter. Owner Nara shared a moment with her mare (see photo) as “Ariel” was hoping the historic large sterling silver vase was filled with cookies!
But the Virginia tradition of this OLD SHOW featuring OLD SILVER trophies did not end there, the next day Alden and “Ariel” were presented The Pinocchio Challenge Trophy, Grand Champion Horse or Pony. Humbled by the trio of awards Alden praised her champion mare noting she is brilliant in the ring and tries very hard to please.
An OLD SHOW… A VIRGINIA TRADITION…. A VIRGINIA NATIVE…. And a mare named “Ariel” will forever be part of Virginia’s History.
If you would like more information about this topic or schedule an interview with Winn Alden, please call Winn Alden at 571-991-7416 or email at Winnalden@mindspring.com.