Mary Craft (on horse) is a Century Award recipient this year. Herman Aguayo (left) is a past Century Award recipient. At right is Shannon Lockwood, trainer and coach. Photo credit: Courtesy photo

Craft is recipient of Century Award

PORT ORCHARD — Another pair of local senior equestrians danced their way into the record books in Port Orchard on May 6.

Mary Craft and her horse Furiant joined the Dressage Foundations Century Club, becoming its 294th member. The Century Club recognizes Dressage riders and horses whose combined age totals 100 years or more.

Horse and rider perform a Dressage test of any level at a Dressage show and are scored by a Dressage judge.

The club was formed by the Dressage Foundation in 1996 to encourage and reward senior riders and their mounts. The Century Club ride has evolved into a serious endeavor for senior riders across the county, said club member Shannon Lockwood.

Craft, a retired circuit judge, aviation enthusiast and equestrian, guided her Hanoverian gelding Furiant through his paces “with confidence and ease,” Lockwood said. Herman Aguayo, a previous recipient of the Century Award and resident of Port Orchard, presented the special black and gold ribbon to Craft after her ride.

The event was staged at the Kitsap Saddle Club.