Veteran equestrians and Olympic hopefuls joined the field Friday through Sunday at the Pine Top Farm Intermediate Horse Trials.
The sanctioned event marked the 97th recognized event on the farm east of Thomson. Janet and Glenn Wilson organized the competition.
The sudden chill left a covering of ice on ponds in the cross country course Saturday night, delaying some Sunday rides. Technical delegate Cindy Deporter of Southern Pines, N.C., said Glenn Wilson had to divert warmer lake water into the ponds and pull the ice to the banks.
The horses don’t mind the cold water, DePorter said, but the ice causes problems.
Janet Wilson organized about 25 volunteers, almost all of whom were from outside the Thomson area. She said the farm would welcome and train local volunteers for future events.
The Pine Top trials are recognized by the U.S. Eventing Association and the U.S. Equestrian Federation.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton and other noted riders competed.
For a list of upcoming events and a history of Pine Top Farm, visit www.pinetopfarm.com.