The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm will be hosting a Winter Cross Derby Series in the early months of 2019. The cross derby incorporates cross-country and stadium jumps across eight acres of all-weather footing. Obstacles will include ditches, banks, water, and various portable fences. The goal is to provide an opportunity for riders to keep horses fit and competing over the winter on safe footing in a low-pressure environment. Competition dates are January 5, February 2, and March 9 and 10, 2019. The levels range from Poles/Crossrails through Modified. A brief schooling period is offered prior to every division. Ribbons are given through eighth place. Each cross derby is a registered USEA Educational Activity. Competitors may enter electronically via evententries.com or eventclinics.com.
Explaining her intent in offering the series, Carolyn Mackintosh, owner of Loch Moy Farm, said, “Riders should have the chance to keep their horses fit and their skills honed even if they can’t go south to Aiken or Ocala for the winter.” Winter in the Mid-Atlantic can prove a challenge for those with long-term training plans and competitive goals. With the ground in turns frozen or muddy, consistent work for horse and rider is not always possible. Cross-country fences on all-weather footing give riders a more stable training option. To that end, the derby course is also open for schooling daily by appointment through March 8 for a fee of $50 per horse/rider combination. There are jumps ranging from Introductory (18”) through Preliminary on the course. Call ahead and jumps can be customized to what you’re working on. The cross-country schooling course is also included in this price.
Loch Moy Farm is one of the most popular eventing venues in USEA’s Area II. It hosts three annual USEA recognized events, as well as USDF dressage shows, a start horse trials series, multiple schooling shows, and clinics. The facility offers year-round cross-country schooling. It has been in operation since 2006. For more information, visit www.themarylandhorsetrials.com.
Loch Moy Farm is always looking for volunteers. If you love horses and want to spend the day watching great competition, sign up at www.eventingvolunteers.com. It’s a great way for families to spend the day together. No experience required for some positions. If it’s your first time, email us at [email protected] and we can put you in a position that fits.
Any questions should be directed to Carolyn Mackintosh at (301) 514-0111 or [email protected].
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!