North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. IX; NO 13.
First of Equestrian Gymkhanas Full of
Excitement and Fun.
New features, Novel and Unique,
Happily Combine With Familiar
and Popular Event.
HERE was snap and go
from start to finish, in
the first of the eques
trian gymkhana contests,
held Tuesday afternoon,
and a bis: crowd fol
lowed the fun from start to finish, never
lagging either in interest or enthusiasm.
race in which participants rode in trios,
attempting to remove a ribbon bow rest
ing upon the right shoulder of an oppo-
ne nt, and from the left side. The first to
enter the ring were Miss Mary C. Dutton
and Mr. J. Cushing Todd of Boston, and
Mrs. I.C. Bates Dana, of Great Barrington,
Miss Dutton wearing the ribbon. Her fleet
mare, Cuba, gave a merry chase, and at no
time during the two minutes allotted for
the chase, was her rider in danger.
Mrs. Leonard Tufts, of Boston, L. M.
Greer, of New York, and C. E. Speak
man, of Wilmington, came next, Mrs.
Tufts wearing the ribbon, and eluding
her pursuers by clever handling of her
mare, Moreen, rather than by speed. Her
pursuers, however, were relentless and,
finally, separating and approaching from
both sides, they blocked their clever op
ponent, Mr. Greer taking the ribbon as
Mrs. Tufts leaned far down on the horse's
The addition contest, a new feature,
was next in order, partners being se
lected from the onlookers. At the word
the riders dashed across the ring, handed
a sum in addition to their partners, who
totaled and returned it as quickly as pos
sible, return then being made to the
starting point. Mrs. Tufts was the first
one in, and her sum was correct. The
others followed closely, but most of the
returns were sadly in the need of audit
ing, and were, in consequence, valueless.
The next event upon the program was
the dummy carrying contest, a new fea
ture which is sure to be very popular here
for it combines humor and excitement.
A dummy about the size of the small
boy, and gotten up most cleverly, was
placed at the top of the little hillock upon
the road to the Dickinson School, and
the riders were called upon to ride from
They Lead Big Field in St. Yalentine's
Handicap Tourney.
J. O. II. Dennej. C. II. Ilosenfeld, E.
W. Blg-elow and E. Ti. flcholleld
Take Wet Score Prizes.
HE closing feature of the
second annual St. Val
entine's tournament was
an eighteen hole medal
play handicap in which
a field of nearly sixty
players took part. There were two
classes, A and B, with cups for the best
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The success of this the opening event of
the season, is a pleasant prophesy for
the future.
The new riding ring is admirable in
every particular, not only eliminating the
objectionable features of the old one, but
being much larger and having the addi
tional advantage of a footing almost as
good as tan bark, which has been secured
by spreading pine needles over the
ground. Provision will be made later
for seats for the onlookers, of which
there were several hundred in attendance
Tuesday, not only about the ring, but on
the western piazza of The' Carolina as
The program opened with the pursuit
The trios then alternated, each rider
wearing the ribbon and being pursued in
turn, none escaping.
The next event upon the program was
the lance and ring contest, in which
hanging rings were removed with lances
while riding at a gallop, Miss Dutton
leading off with eight rings, out of a pos
sible nine, to her credit, and Mr. Speak
man and Mr. Todd tying for second at
seven each.
The amusing and ever popular potato
race, followed, eight potatoes being trans
ferred across the ring, one by one, by aid
of pointed sticks; Mr. Todd finishing
first with the balance of the field close
the western entrance of The Carolina to
the top of the hill, dismount, pick up the
dummy, throw it on the horse, mount
and return to the starting point; the
best time winning. It is needless to say
that the dust flew, and hearts fluttered
between excitement and amusement, as
the contest proceeded. Several of the
horses, at first, positively refused to ap
proach the strange apparition, or to per
mit it to be placed upon their backs, and
it was only after clever maneuvering that
this could be accomplished.
Mr. Todd rode first, covering the dis
tance quickly, losing little time at the
halt, and returning like a thunder bolt,
Concluded on page eleven,)
gross and the two best net scores in
L. D. Tierce, of the Woodland Golf
Club, Auburndale, led the field with a
card of 83 ; J. O. II. Denny, of Pittsburg
(G), and C. H. Rosenfeld, New York
(12), tying for the net score prizes at 80,
Mr. Denny winning second, and Mr.
llosenfeld third, on the play-off.
In class B, II. M. Redpath, of the Mon
treal Golf Club, won the gross score
trophy with 94, and E. W. Bigelow, of
Dyker Meadow, (18), the net score prize
at 76. E. L. Scofield, of Wee Burn (24),
and F. L. Dunne, of Brae Bum (18), tied
for the second best net score trophy at
(Concluded on page eluen.)

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