Hi everyone! Here are the particulars regarding tomorrow's combined test. If you aren't riding, please feel free to come out and cheer for your friends. We can also use a few extra hands for jump crew, and possibly some readers for the dressage riders. (Readers are not permitted in official eventing competitions, but we allow them here, as we know many riders are first-timers and may have some nervousness about memorizing and riding their dressage tests.) Below is the current entry status. Just a reminder, entry forms and payment were due on Wednesday. There's a $10 late fee for those who are completing their entries after that time. For those viewing this post on a mobile device, please select website view to see the documents.
Below are the ride times.
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. In the indoor arena, because it's smaller than regulation, I will have cones set by the sides to indicate the letters. Please enter the 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! If you have questions, ask me or any of the volunteers. Thanks for playing!
So many times this year I've said to myself, "Self, you must update the HVS blog." And then I'd get side-tracked with the business of running the farm. So here we are, well into autumn and looking toward winter, and I haven't done a single update. I do update our Facebook page with some regularity, especially the private group for our lesson students and boarders, so that's something, at least!
We've had a fun summer of competitions and other fun at the barn, including lots of Riding Academy sessions, and one that included a sleepover!
A cookout and a sleepover were big hits at our last summer Riding Academy session this summer.
One big new activity this year was our Event Team that was loosely based on Pony Club. We had four different levels of riders, and each month they participated in both mounted and unmounted meetings. Christina spearheaded the groups, and we had some really great sessions with lots of learning about the sport of eventing. Several of our participants volunteered as fence judges at some horse trials, which was a great way to get immersed in the sport!
We held our ever-popular Halloween Fun Show this month, and as always, the costumes were just amazing. Every year our riders out-do themselves, and this year was no exception. Here are a few photos:
Erin and Cheer - Queen of Hearts
Bella and Joey - Mickey and Minnie
Blythe and Orion - Minions
Maddy and Patrick - Turkey and Pilgrim
Emily and Jet - Santa and Elf
Sarah and Delight - Pinata
Sierra and Piffacus - Water Goddess
Gloria and Rigbie - Retro Poodle
Jadea and Fynn - Sun Goddess
Alana, Meg and Lariat - Carrots
Abby and Brownie - Pork Roast
Lucy and Crumpet - Superman and Supergirl
Kayley, Brynne and June - May the Horse Be with You!
This weekend we'll hold our annual Last Hurrah Combined Test. Posted below is the current entry status!
Looking forward to a fun weekend...bundle up, folks! Winter's nipping at our heels!