Local riders Betty Oare and her brother, J. Arthur (Bucky) Reynolds II, took a number of top honors during the first day of competition yesterday at the Warrenton Horse Show.
Oare rode two entries for the Corbin, Va.-based Santee Farm.Perfect Setting, a 4-year-old chestnut gelding, won in Section A for novice working hunters. Snap Decision, a 4-year-old bay gelding, won in Section B. The number of entries in this new division was so large that the competition had to be divided.
The Red Path Stables entry, Garralous, also ridden by Oare, was the winner in the local working hunter class.
Reynolds was second to his sister in Section B of the novice class with his own horse, Blue Knight. Later in the day, Blue Knight took top honors in the schooling hunter class.
Oare and Reynolds have been competitors on the horse-show circuit since they were youngster traveling with their father, J. Arthur Reynolds, a professional horseman in the area since 1963.
When asked about how it feels to compete against her brother, Oare laughed and said, "May the best man win." Reynolds' comment was, "I like to win."
The show, billed as, "The Hunter Show of America," continues through Monday at the Warrenton grounds off the Rte. 29 bypass.