James A Reed Meet Report

By Dick Luckerman


Thank you to everyone who came out on a stormy morning to participate in our last scheduled meet of the 2008-09 season.  The rain finally eased around 11:00 AM and we started the meet at 11:30 just as the skies cleared and bright sunshine bathed the park.  Unfortunately, the park trails were now swamps and nearly impassable where chewed up by the horses.  Nevertheless, the spirits were high and everyone was anxious to be on their way.  From the Start, about 1/3 raced to a horse trail heading north and then west, another 1/3 took to a horse trail heading east and 1/3 headed north on a gravel road.  Ninety minutes later, after having sloshed through the trails much of the time, nearly everyone returned on the gravel road.


There were 27 individual/group entries.  Although noone was able to gain the maximum possible 600 points, Jason Plunkett came close with 580.  He was 5-6 minutes late and thus incurred 60 penalty points to realize a net of 520.  In second place was Joe Barrett with a net score of 500 points.  The complete results are posted elsewhere.


Many thanks to my helpers at the meet:  Nick Hockman for refreshments and traffic control;  Reta Rowe for registration (advanced and at the meet);  Tom Hanley and Mike Shifman, both of whom helped with the finish and control pickup.