Open house was a Vineyard horse lover’s delight

Deb Withers nuzzles with Woodie, owned by Lisa Randall.
Photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

Deb Withers nuzzles with Woodie, owned by Lisa Randall.

Ava Stearns takes Denmark over a jump.

Photo by Danielle Zerbonne

Ava Stearns takes Denmark over a jump.

Rain did not dampen the enthusiasm at the Martha’s Vineyard Horse Council spring open house Sunday at Tracey Olsen’s Woodbe Farm on State Road in West Tisbury.

Sophie Shalhoub stands on the Icelandic horse "Dia" during the breed demo. Other demos included: Dressage demo (Grand Prix) by farm owner Tracey Olsen;  Clydesdales  with Bob and Irene Hungerford—team wagon pulling demo.

Photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

Sophie Shalhoub stands on the Icelandic horse “Dia” during the breed demo. Other demos included: Dressage demo (Grand Prix) by farm owner Tracey Olsen;
Clydesdales with Bob and Irene Hungerford—team wagon pulling demo.

Members of the Island’s extensive and passionate equestrian community talked shop, shared tips, and demonstrated their riding skills. These included jumping and dressage and team driving.

A tack swap/sale and free lunch added to the fun.

The M.V. Horse Council is a nonprofit group that welcomes new members, riders or not, who want to see Island riders continue to enjoy affordable opportunities to interact with horses, according to a press release.  For more information, go to mvhorsecouncil.org.