Inavale Farm in Philomath, Oregon (Area VII) hosts one USEA recognized event each year in late June offering Introductory through Intermediate levels. The farm is a full-service boarding and training facility with an active lesson program, youth and adult camps, schooling shows, and combined driving events.
Inavale Farm came alive this past weekend with its annual SmartPak Equine USEA Training Three-Day. Philomath, Oregon buzzed with action as riders and horses from 24 different divisions rolled into Inavale Farm to compete.
The SmartPak Equine/USEA Training Three-Day Event at the Inavale Horse Trials drew 15 riders from near and far to experience the thrill of the ‘chase. Tristen Hooks, DVM and her own Holsteiner/Dutch Warmblood, Learning To Fly, led the event from wire to wire to take home the blue ribbon and a trailer full of prizes.
Tristen Hooks, Sierra Mathias, and Anna Medina made their 600+ mile journeys from California to Philomath, Oregon for the SmartPak Equine/USEA Training Three-Day Event at Inavale Horse Trials count as the trio earned the top three placings in the event. Tristen Hooks, DVM riding her own Holsteiner/Dutch Warmblood gelding, Learning To Fly, travelled 15 hours from San Luis Obispo, CA to earn the blue ribbon in her third Training Three-Day competition.
The Inavale Horse Trials have embraced the latest frangible/deformable technology and included a new gate fence that utilizes the MIM New Era safety system. The new obstacle will be fence number 18 on the Preliminary course running this Saturday (pictured right). The hardware was provided by Mats Bjornetun on a previous trip to the States to aid in the education of the use of his safety system.
Saturday morning’s second phase of the SmartPak Equine USEA Training Three-Day competition at the Inavale Horse Trials in Philomath, Oregon, proved to be a challenge, as the placings shifted around quite a bit in the division sponsored by Gallops Saddlery. The overnight leader added penalties to her score in steeplechase, giving Maria Schatz an opportunity to snatch the lead, following clean trips from phase A through D, to move her up from the third position.
On a picture perfect day in beautiful Philomath Oregon, amongst numerous venders with a backdrop of green grass and Christmas tree farms, riders at the Inavale Farm Horse Trials began competition.
Brenda Enyart and Socrates III were one of nearly 30 riders to compete at the inaugural Training Three-Day Event at Inavale Farm (sponsored by Gallops Saddlery and SmartPak Equine) this weekend. Riders enjoyed the demonstrations, talks, and course walks with top professionals as well as experiencing the thrill of the ‘chase for themselves.
Twenty-six horses passed the morning trot up and all of them completed the competition. On a crystal clear day with a gentle cool breeze blowing it was a close competition going into show jumping phase on Sunday afternoon. Whitney Weston riding Tender Ack (Owned by Alexandra Walton Weston) Moved up from 7th to 3rd on a double clean round in show jumping.
Saturday’s endurance phase of the inaugural Gallops Saddlery Training 3 Day Event at Inavale Farm ran extremely well on a beautiful cool sunny morning. Riders, grooms and coaches were well prepared for all phases. Twenty seven competitors finished the day with a clean vet box inspection before and after phase D.
The inaugural Inavale Farm Horse Trials and Training 3-Day event (sponsored by Smart Pak and Gallops Saddlery) began with a large turnout of 29 competitors.