A pair of Randys carried off the bulk of the silver at the Blue Ridge Hunt point-to-point steeplechase meeting today but it was a "backyard horse" from the Bull Ridge Hunt who delighted the crowd of close to 5,000.
Woodstock Nation, a 10-year-old dark brown gelding owned by Rita Ledgard and ridden brilliantly by young Shelley O'Higgins, burned up Woodley Farm's three-mile timber course to win the Blue Ridge ladies race by 15 lengths over Honey's Morn, ridden by four-time Virginia champion Patti Cassell.
"Did you see the way he took those fences?" said Nicky Arundel, a veteran of point-to-point racing for more than two decades. Arundel earlier in the day had teamed with his daughter Wendy to win the pair race. He said, "A real backyard horse . . . He doesn't have any fear . . . He loves to go into those fences at full speed."
It was the second consecutive victory for the previously unknown Woodstock Nation, which won the Melrose Castle by 10 lengths at Casanova three weeks ago.
The Randys, Rouse and Waterman, each saw their colors win two of the seven races run over a course termed "excellent."
Rouse scored his second victory of the young season in Seven Corners competition by winning the George Greenhall Memorial aboard Cousin Wes after trailing Harry Wight's Banachek II going into the long turn toward the 16th and final fence.
"That's where we got him," said Rouse, whose Saramyst, ridden by Speedy Smithwick, won the second division of the Land Owner Plate a short time later.
The other Randy, Waterman, scored twiced aboard his Nasty Feller in the Woodley Challenge Trophy, a hurdles event, and later aboard Conserje in the inaugural running of the William Dreyer Memorial at three miles over timber.