NORWOOD, NC – Last month Lucky Clays Farm, sponsored the 2012 Fork Horse Trials hosted at Fork Farms in Norwood, NC, bringing an additional Sporting Clay Competition to the weekend event.
The Shoot for the Stars Competition combines riding and shooting skills with a team of two riders and two shooters. Team members collaborated on the cross country course prior to their run, coordinating the jumps from the horse and rider’s perspectives to accommodate the shooter’s needs to hit the clays. During the run, a final team score was calculated from the number of clays stuck and the cross-country horse jumps by the rider and horse.
The Horse Trials is an annual “equestrian triathlon” where participants compete in categories of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. A range of participants competed ranging from young novices to International medalists who were preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London.
“For the past two years this event has been really successful at the Fork Horse Trials. It’s so unique and fun to see the collaborative talents of both the riders and the shooters working together”
— Judy Carpenter, Founder of Lucky Clays Farm.
The Cross Country portion of the trials tests both the horse and rider over various obstacles such as water and ditches, which tests obedience, jumping ability, bravery and fitness. This is different from Show Jumping as those obstacles are portable and can be easily knocked down, testing for agility and precision.
About Lucky Clays Farm:
Nestled in the rolling countryside of Stanly County, North Carolina, Lucky Clays is the realized vision of Judy Carpenter, a past Clays Shooting Champion. Powered by wind and solar energy, it is the largest private residential renewable energy system in the state of North Carolina with a goal to conserve and preserve the land’s abundant natural resources. The scenic grounds feature stocked ponds, mature hardwoods and a picturesque log cabin, complete with a spectacular view, tastefully appointed guest rooms and an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area ideal for a private business retreat or clays competition.