Thanks to everyone who came out to play at our Combined Test yesterday. We had a lot of first-time competitors, both human and equine, and everyone had a good experience. Steph Gernert was an excellent dressage judge, who gave encouraging comments to our (nervous) riders. Thanks, to Barb McIntyre and to Crystal Piaskowski for being our dressage scribe and jump score-keeper, and to our Christina Stamos for helping with warmups, jump setting and pretty much anything else that needed attention to keep our event moving. And thanks, also, to friends and family who came out to cheer and encourage our riders. When Dave and I wrote our business plan 16 years ago, a day like this one was what we envisioned.
Here are the final scores, and here's a link to our photo album on Facebook!
Thanks to everyone for coming to our Combined Test, and thanks in advance to all of our volunteers who have helped with jump prep and with getting things done the day of the show. We couldn't manage without you!
Here are some guidelines for tomorrow, but if you have any questions about how anything should go, please feel free to ask.
Please park all of your cars on an angle in the grass to allow room for horse trailers to get turned around in the parking lot. Trailers may park on the grass next to the outdoor ring or in the parking lot facing out.
Please walk your show jumping course as soon as you arrive, and before you get your horses/ponies ready.
Warm up for both dressage and show jumping will be on the hill behind the indoor. Please jump all warm-up fences in the correct direction (red on right).
Enter and exit the indoor via the gate behind where the horse trailer usually sits. (It will be moved beside the indoor for the event.) In the indoor arena, because it's smaller than regulation, I will have cones set by the sides to indicate the letters. Please enter then arena when the rider before you has halted and saluted. You may trot around until the judge signals you to begin your test.
After the dressage, please go take a few warm-up fences, then head directly to the outdoor arena to do your show jumping course.
Please remember to have a great time! Thanks for playing!
The pace hasn't slowed much, as our gang has continued to show, participate in clinics and attend our Riding Academy sessions. Some of our recent outings included the Twin Brooks Wednesday night Schooling Show, which was a nice practice run for the Lancaster 4-H County Show the following Saturday. The following Wednesday was the second Hunt Cap Show at South Branch Farms, then we had a great week of Riding Academy. check out the slide show for a peek at some of what we did over the past few weeks.
This weekend we look forward to our HVS Combined Test for lesson students, scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Today is the closing date, so if you haven't entered, please do so by the end of the day today to avoid the $10 late fee. We'll be posting ride times by Saturday morning.