|Photo: Rich Moore||Author: Rich Moore, Frida Icelandic Riding Club
The Frida Icelandic Riding Club (FIRC) held its third annual USIHC sanctioned show on May 17 and 18, 2014 at the Fairfax County Equestrian Center at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herdon, Virginia. It is a great venue for a show, with two large outdoor arenas, a spacious indoor arena, and a food stand next to the arena. The show was held in the indoor arena. New horse barns big enough for 150 horses are next to the indoor arena. The park has many attractions for families with children so there are always a lot people about. Many were attracted to the horses, visited the show, and walked through the barn. At one point there were more than 100 spectators.
This year, 21 horses were entered in the 31 classes that were offered. Some riders rode multiple horses in different classes so there were 27 rider-horse combinations. Will Covert from California was the judge, and Susan McPhatter of Virginia was the scribe. Martin Nielsen from Kentucky was the announcer. Riders came mostly from the local states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia but also from Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Visitors from Maine also attended.