'Spirit of man and horse' on display at Rose Hill equestrian expo

dlauderdale@islandpacket.comApril 15, 2013 

Thanks to Dr. Sandy Termotto of Bluffton for sharing his overview of an upcoming exposition of horses and horsemanship.


By Dr. Sandy Termotto

Observing skilled horsemen working as one with their well-trained mounts can be a most pleasant and exciting experience.

The Savannah/Hilton Head Exposition enables the public to enjoy a sampling of multiple equestrian disciplines in a single day of fun and fundraising in this extraordinary area of the Lowcountry.

I organized this exposition originally to acquaint the public with the various facets of riding as well as the equestrian lifestyle that has been on the upswing in recent years.

The "spirit of man and horse" has had a very significant influence on our quality of life.

Our historical relationship with horses has evolved as the horse has served as a means of transportation, a best of burden, a wartime asset and a sporting animal -- to name a few.

Polo, jumping, flat racing and dressage are just a few of the disciplines that will be presented May 19 at Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton.

The Lowcountry Hunt showcases its hounds with a narrative on the essential points of fox hunting.

The positive result of this event is that it has raised more than $25,000 for local charities since its inception.

Because of the success of the exposition, we are proud to have some notable equestrians serving on our organization's executive committee.

It includes Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Maple, who resides in Rose Hill. He and his wife, Kate, run the Rose Hill Equestrian Center.

William Dunne, from Kerry, Ireland, is a certified British Horse Society Instructor and an Equestrian Federation of Ireland coach.

Also serving on the executive committee is Teruhito Namba, a former member of the Japanese Equestrian Team, and Iva Welton, the founder and director of Rose Hill Polo in 1982.

A sampling of fine horsemanship with beautiful horses is sure to provide a full day of entertainment for our spectators, enjoying picnics and the good life in South Carolina. An art tent for equestrian artists also will be featured.

For details, contact Iva Welton at 843-671-4865, ivasouth@aol.com; or me at 843-705-9551; or check our website at www.equiexpo.org.

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