The Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA) is Virginia’s premier Eventing and Dressage organization. Ten years ago CDCTA moved to Locust Hill Farm, owned by Mike and Betty Long. The farm is just south of Culpeper, Virginia. This spring the Long family decided to expand their cattle grazing operations to include portions of the property used by the horse trials. Since we thought of it as unfair to require competitors to soar over both jumps and cows, we began to diligently look for a place to relocate.
Goodbye Culpeper, say hello to Northern Virginia!
Michael and Lisa Mendell have found us a new home in Northern Virginia. It is 200 beautiful acres of raw land that we can shape and mold into a first class Eventing facility that will become a go-to destination event! Unfortunately, there are a few obstacles to overcome in order to make this dream a reality. Transporting jumps to our new location will be the first hurdle. Sadly, not all jumps will be making the journey due to age and the effects of ten years of Mother Nature’s wear and tear some horses too, but we’re placing the blame squarely on Mother Nature for this one). That means we will be needing to construct new jumps from Baby Beginner Novice to Preliminary. Next up is the construction of the water complex. In addition to the crush-and-run, we will need fabric liner as well as the backhoe and Bobcat to do the digging. Last but not least, we have to hire a designer and a builder to put it all together.
How YOU can help!
This CDCTA needs you more than ever right now! A move like this is expensive and the club can’t simply absorb the costs. We need donations to get the jumps moved, construct replacement jumps, and build the water complex. CDCTA has thrived the past 28 years because of its loyal members and competitors. We owe all our success to you. Thank you so much for your continued support!
What we need you to do is:
Ways to donate
10378 Greyson Lane
Rixeyville, VA 22737
Business and individuals are welcome to sponsor a jump. As a thank you, CDCTA will place your name, logo, picture, message, etc on a custom lawn sign at your jump for years to come! Great for:
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