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Camden Horse Show pays honor to the late Judy Thiel
The Bouchers
THE BOUCHER FAMILY, from left, Lilith and Richard along with their daughters, Mel and Mary, competed in the Hazel Thompson Family Class at the 2014 Camden Horse Show. - photo by Photo courtesy of Mary-Louise LeVeen

One of the oldest continuing horse shows in the country and one known for family participation, the Camden Horse Show, will hold its 106th show on Sunday, March beginning at 9 a.m., at Dale Thiel Stables located on Firetower Road in Camden.

In honor of the late Judy Firestone Thiel, long time Master of the Camden Hunt, a new class has been added called the Camden Hunt Hunter Derby over fences. Horses showing in this class must have competed in at least two other classes over fences.

A total of 28 classes will be held, including classes for adults and children over fences and on the flat. Popular classes to watch always include the Toddler Lead Line class and the Hazel Thompson Family Class, which requires at least two members of a family to ride together.

Other classes include the S.C. Clyburn Class, open only to horses that have fox hunted at least six times during this current season. Horses are judged on performance as a field hunter. This trophy is named for the honorary huntsman who hunted the hounds for the Camden Hunt between 1958 and 1965.

Continuing a more recent tradition is the 12th Annual Tailgate Competition. The $10 entry fee includes ringside parking as participants are invited to decorate their tailgate area, have fun, and possibly be a winner.