A team from Sunderland excelled at the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series in Oklahoma City, placing third overall and earning the honour of top Belgian hitch at the finals.
The event ran from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, in conjuction with the Oklahoma State Fair, and showcased 12 teams including Sunderland’s own Country Lane Belgians.
The local team was announced as a finalist just eight days after the death of Ted English, who launched the hitch 14 years ago before passing the reigns to Kyle and Marcia Forsyth seven years later.
English remained heavily involved and dedicated to his horses until his passing on Aug. 28 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
After placing first on Sunday (Sept. 17), the final day of the event, Country Lane Belgians announced the final standings on Facebook.
“So proud of the boys and our amazing crew. Ted would be so very pleased,” reads the post.
“(First) today, (third) overall and top Belgian hitch at the finals. Congratulations to All-Star for winning and to all the exhibitors who work so hard to make this event such a special one.”