Whispering Oaks wins world title

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By Robin Bass

Equine athletes from Whispering Oaks Farm, in Spencer County, were the recipients of several trophies from the 2010 United Mountain Horse World Grand Championships held Sept. 6-11. Farm owner Mary Lipginski said the wins have been 12 months in the making.

“Whispering Oaks Farm is one of many farms that had made its way through the spring and summer to participate in the competition for the trophies,” said Lipginski.

Two of the horses trained at her farm had already obtained the high point standing for the show season: Ann’s Mt Treasure and CGH Flair for Fury. Ann’s Mt Treasure will be named high-point filly conformation champion at the annual UMH banquet and awards ceremony later this year. CGH Flair for Fury will be awarded the high-point trophy for 2-3 year old country trail pleasure.

At the UMH World Grand Championship, CGH Flair for Fury achieved the first of seven wins for Whispering Oaks Farm. Three-year-old filly Rockin Andi, ridden by Bob Rogers, won Amateur rider in the 2-3 year country trail pleasure class. These two horses continued their winning ways in class after class as the competition continued to the last day of the show to name the World Grand Championship.

Other competitions included obedience classes for yearling and weanling fillies and colts.

Ann’s Mt Treasure represented Whispering Oaks Farm in that division with a first place win. Saga of Snowy River, a weanling colt, was a close second in the same class. Rockin Andi took Reserve Grand Champion in the Amateur Rider Class. Silver Creek’s Code of Honor was named reserve champion in the Conformation Class for 4-and-over stallions.

Lipginski described this particular breed of horse as a multi-purpose horse for people who made a living in the unforgiving rocky soil in the mountains.

“They did the hard work for the farmers and loggers in the mountains.

“They pulled the buggy to the market on Saturdays and to church on Sundays. They were gentle enough for the children to ride and they became known for their kind, gentle and willing natures,” said Lipginski.

Rocky Mountain horses first made their appearance in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and have a distinctive four beat gait.

They are known to represent several colored coats including chocolate, black, chestnut, palomino, gray and chocolate palomino.