UNION — For the second time in his years of competition Union resident Robert Arnold won the Margaret “Peggy” Carter Memorial Race in what he says will be his last steeplechase race.
“It’s an amateur race and I’ve done it for several years,” Arnold said about the May 7 Block House Steeplechase Races which took place in Tryon, NC. “It’s presented by the Tryon Riding and Horse Club and the purse money is sponsored by Lingerfelt Landscaping.”
Arnold, who said he’s been riding for 35 years, won the Margaret “Peggy” Carter Memorial Race riding his horse “Choice Words.” He said his wife, Libby, also took part, riding her horse “Rush Market” in the Tom Mosca Memorial Race and finishing fourth.
Though it is a race Arnold said the events he and his wife participated in are not like the races most think of when they hear about horse racing.
“We don’t jump any jumps, we are more of a show for the spectators,” Arnold said discussing further the amateur nature of the event. “We do our own training and preparation and getting ready. The riders do all the work getting the course ready and then compete.”
While he was delighted to win and he and his wife both enjoy riding, Arnold said May’s competition will be their last.
“I’ve won it before but this will be the last we’ll be competing in,” Arnold said. “We’re getting too old.”
While they will no longer compete in steeplechases, Arnold said he and his wife will continue riding horses and even compete in barrel races.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.