Millpond Farm owner Donna Phillips was as proud as any parent could be as she watched her “baby,” Poems, Prayers and Promises (aka “Emmy”) win Grand Champion, Pre-Adult Hunter at the 90th Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show on July 31, 2013. The stunning seven year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare was bred and raised by Phillips, by Magical out of Miss Wings.
Emmy is currently being trained by Craig Allen and Don Sheehan of Icon Sporthorses in Tennessee. She was ridden to her Championship by Kris Wrech.
Phillips also owned Emmy’s half sister, Dreamland Express (aka “Lindy”) by All The Gold, who is now owned by Ernie and Betty Oare. Both Emmy and Lindy were shown in their early careers by Vinissa Blann, with help from Jane Fennessey. Both horses earned success at Palm Beach’s annual Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
“I am trying to wrap my mind around how big of a win this is for her. She won at WEF in the baby classes, but this is bigger. Huge! She is competing in an amateur class against older more experienced horses. I am so pleased with her wonderful work ethic! My sweet little girl is all grown up!” said Donna Phillips.
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show began 90 years ago, bringing equine enthusiasts and their families to the quaint village of Blowing Rock, NC every August for a week of competition and camaraderie. Originally the event lasted for five days, but over the years it has grown to cover a period of three weeks. The show is held at the L.M. Tate Show Grounds in J.E. Broyhill Park. Steeped in tradition, this event has consistently attracted annual exhibitors from all over the United States and several foreign countries and has the distinction of being recognized as the oldest continuous outdoor horse show in America.
By Grace Delanoy