If you read the USEA Events A-Z featuring Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials, you have already learned a little about how we got started organizing events. Sitting down to write this shortly after I filled out all the information for the USEA prize list page, I couldn’t help thinking about how much things have changed over the years and how some things never change.
The Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials is held once yearly in mid-September in Hanoverton, Ohio (Area VIII) offering Starter through Preliminary levels and USEA Future Event Horse Yearling, 2-year-old, 3-year-old, and 4-year-old classes.
As a parent and a coach I have always tried to instill in my students the attitude that the goal of competing is to do the best job that you and your horse can do and when you do then the winning will come. I often ask people how they did at a competition and they tell me what place they were in and I repeat that I didn’t ask how they placed rather how they did.
I would like to thank all the competitors for choosing to come to the 25th running of the Winona Horse Trials. I hope you and your horse had an enjoyable experience. We really lucked out with the weather. Despite the rain on Fri., the gusty winds on Sat. and the cool temperatures on Sun.; I think all went well.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to compete in the Hagyard CCI* at the KY Horse Park this past October in the traditional/classic (with steeplechase) format. I say lucky, because the first time I was at the KY Horse Park for the CCI * five years ago with my horse Summer’s Gift, aka Gus, he developed a hoof abscess the day of the first horse inspection and had to be withdrawn.