Bricole Reincke Takes First Place at Heritage Horse Center Show

Bricole Reincke Takes First Place at Heritage Horse Center Show

​Bricole Reincke of Davie, Florida, fell in love with horses at an early age but did not start riding horses until she was in her mid-30s. “As I was taking my dogs on a walk through my neighborhood, I saw a horse standing so silently in the trees in a neighbor's yard. He was so still and majestic that I almost thought he could be a statue. I thought to myself that I would like to try horseback riding, but who starts something like that so late in life? I had always thought of horseback riding as something that a kid does. However, I went for it. I found a barn about a mile from my house and here I am three years later competing in horse shows and I own a horse," says Reincke. Bricole now blogs about all things horses here.

Bricole Reincke is a member of USEF and USHJA. Most recently, Reincke competed in the 2019-2020 Heritage Horse Show Circuit at the Plantation Equestrian Center located in Plantation, Florida. Bricole’s circuit points earned her the title of Grand Champion of the Low Hunter Division and fifth place overall for the season’s combined Overall Hunter Division.

Bricole Reincke competed on her 16.1 hand bay gelding, Over the Moon, also known by his barn name “Henry”, for a total of 137 points. The Reserve Champion earned 82 total points in comparison. Not only did Bricole complete 10shows over the course of five weekends, this was her very first time competing in this division and a full season. The Low Hunter division consisted of two classes, two courses over 2’3” fences (judged over saddle, meaning based on the rider) and one flat class (judged under-saddle, meaning based on the horse).

When most people think about Equestrian Horseback riding, they tend to think about jumpers. However, there is a difference between Hunters and Jumpers. Both Hunters and Jumpers are required to memorize a course of jumps and perform the course to the best of her abilities. Jumpers go against the clock. The rider with the fastest time and the fewest faults wins. If a tie is made then the riders compete in a jump-off. In comparison, Hunters are judged on accuracy, grace and elegance. Any faults, such as going off course, picking up the wrong lead or diagonal, jumping too long or too short, or even having poor posture or loose reins will take points off the score. In both the Jumper and Hunter categories, the amount of cumulative points are calculated at the end of the season leaving each division a Champion and Reserve Champion.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 put a damper on the full season this year for the Heritage Horse Show. Not only were the April, May and June shows canceled, but the awards ceremony had to be done in a drive-through fashion. However, the staff and riders made the best of it. The riders were greeted with a large banner and balloons as they collected their award through the windows of their cars. The spirit and smiles were still present at the ceremony, they were just a little hidden behind a mask this year. 

If all goes well, Heritage Horse Show plans to resume shows in the Fall, following the USEF COVID-19 Rule Modifications.

Source: Bricole Reincke