Christine and Scotia Haxton of Buchanan ride on trail rides competitively. Both mother and daughter are involved in the 4H Horse and Pony Club that meets at the Fincastle Community Center. On May 7, Christine will be on her horse, a Haflinger named McDon, in a competition on a Network channel (From what she understands it is one of the major networks CBS, NBC or ABC) as a reality show hoping to be chosen America’s Favorite Trail Horse.
In order to compete for the title which features $100,000 in money and prizes, Christine had to be 21 and traveled to Palmyra up near Charlottesville. Of the regions, out of 1,000 competitors, only 100 were chosen to go to Blanco, Texas. Only six riders from Virginia are going to the competition. She has hitched a ride and found a roommate in another competitor from Maryland. They will trailer the horses down in a two day road trip. The events last for a week.
“In September, the show will air. Each episode will engage the viewers to vote for their favorite horse. The winner of the day will get $5,000,” said Haxton. The eventual winner chosen by popular vote will take home big money and prizes.
McDon is a beautiful gelding of about 14.2 hands. Haflingers are sturdy horses from the mountains of Austria and are often confused with ponies. They stand between 13 and 15 hands. They have a golden or brown coat and white mane and tail. He likes people and made overtures to the Botetourt View to take his photo after he was groomed appropriately. “I have been riding for years,” said Christine who also has another Haflinger mare. Scotia piped in (she owns a quarter horse,) “We ride on a neighbor’s farm and also our land.” They ride daily.
Christine trail rides English seat and used a lavender saddle blanket to coordinate with her riding outfit. McDon seemed to know he was a fine looking fellow as he popped through the noodles– a training tool.
“It should be fun and I am so excited about it,” said Haxton.
We’ll keep up for the dates for voting! Good Luck to Christine and McDon.