For the first time in a number of years, the USEA Area III Championships returned to Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Georgia, taking place on the first weekend in June. Competitors from all over the Southeast sighed with relief when unseasonably hot weather broke, and the days were met with little humidity and a refreshing breeze!
The Poplar Place Horse Trials are held four times yearly in Hamilton, Georgia (Area III) in March, May, June, and September, offering Introductory through Intermediate levels. Poplar Place is also the host of the Area III Championships at their June event. Poplar Place is a full-service boarding facility that hosts schooling shows in addition to their USEA recognized events.
The University of Georgia (UGA) has snapped up yet another intercollegiate win, this weekend at the Poplar Place Farm March Horse Trials.
With the start of the spring season comes the resurgence of USEA Intercollegiate Program competitions in 2016. The first of these took place at the Poplar Place Farm March H.T. in Hamilton, Ga. last weekend.
It is with great sadness that we announce that the horse Visionary Patriarch, owned and ridden by Jacel Galloway of Covington, Georgia, was euthanized today following a fall on the preliminary cross-country course at Poplar Place Farm November Horse Trials. The event veterinarian attended the horse immediately but determined there was irreparable damage to the leg.
After weeks without rain and two days of hot weather and hard footing, the floodgates opened on Sunday at Poplar Place. The weather held off for the CIC divisions despite significant cloud cover. Later the show jumping was held temporarily due to lightning and heavy downpours.
Time penalties and refusals on cross-country shook up the standings at Poplar Place on Saturday. Kate Brown, riding her own Mojito, posted one of the fastest times and moved up from 7th after dressage to take the lead in the CIC***. "I just went out to cruise around because our next outing is Fair Hill and I wanted to get a good round," Brown said. "The footing was a little hard, but I could tell they had been working hard, putting the shells down. And the course was very fair."
The annual Poplar Place Farm September Horse Trials got off to a great start with all seventeen divisions riding dressage on Friday. In the CIC***, Jennifer Wooten-DaFoe is in first with the beautiful black mare The Good Witch on a 50.4. Wooten-DaFoe is also tied for second in the three star on Nabouco De Lessay against Imtiaz Anees and Interwin.
While the Northeast is buried under snow, the Southern states are soaked to the bone after weeks of cold rain. At the Poplar Place Farm February HT in Hamilton, GA, the unexpected cold tested the stamina and toughness of horse and human. I looked like a walking marshmallow myself, shuffling around the grounds hiding under a hood, and frequently digging through my little Honda for more clothing.
“You and Toby should come to Poplar with me” my friend Lynne proposed while we were watch dressage at Feather Creek HT. My Hubby kindly said he would look after my two other horse plus the rest of our pets, and I was able to get the time off from my job as an architect. So, I was off to Poplar with Lynne, Heather, Joni, two juniors Alexa and Rowdie and their parents.