Weather and fashion dominate at Fitch’s horse trials

Nancy Hathaway of Millbrook, rode her horse, King’s Knight, to a first-place victory in the training rider division of the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials. Above in photo, Hathaway navigated the water complex on the cross-country course with ease. Photo by Tara Kelly

MILLBROOK — Brutal heat and steady downpours are par for the course for Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials participants. This past weekend (July 22 to 24) was no exception. The horse trials started on Friday, when heat advisories were in effect across the Northeast. In a concession to the weather, the dress code was relaxed and jackets were waived for the dressage phase of the competition.

More than 275 horse and riders teams were given starting times, and despite the challenging weather only a fraction withdrew before completing their rounds.

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