The Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock, Vermont (Area I) hosts three USEA recognized competitions a year in June, August, and September. In June and September, they offer Beginner Novice through Preliminary, and at their Festival of Eventing in August they offer Beginner Novice through Intermediate as well as a CIC* division. GMHA also offers one unrecognized event a year in addition to hosting dressage and hunter/jumper shows, driving and competitive trail events, and clinics and workshops.
Ever since its founding in 1926, GMHA has been focused on providing educational, competitive and recreational activities for horse enthusiasts of all ages and abilities and is the nation’s oldest continuously operating horse organization. After purchasing the South Woodstock facility in 1950, GMHA held its first Horsemanship Clinic in 1956. In 1957, GMHA hosted another Horsemanship clinic focused on Combined Training, as well as the first Horse Trials to take place in the US since Calvary team competition. In 1957, the Chronicle of the Horse printed that, “An important step forward in this country was taken with the Green Mountain Horse Association’s first Horsemanship Clinic, both for the standard of effective riding in general and for Combined Training.”
Today, GMHA still promotes the sport of eventing, hosting three sanctioned horse trials and one schooling horse trial each summer. In keeping with tradition, the August Horse Trials, which has run for over 40 years, has evolved into the Festival of Eventing. The Festival draws more seasoned, advanced riders and is proud to host the only FEI event in Area I.
Our June and September Horse Trials offer Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels and follow the two-day format with dressage and show jumping on Saturday and cross-country on Sunday.
Our Starter Horse Trials at the end of June will offer Pre-Elementary through Training/Novice divisions. The Starter Horse Trials follows the one-day format and will also offer combined tests for Pre-Elementary through Training level.
The Festival of Eventing in August is preceded by our Festival of Eventing clinic that runs Monday through Wednesday. This year’s featured clinicians are Robert Costello, Pamela Goodrich, Rebecca Vick, and Sharon White. The Festival of Eventing event offers Beginner Novice through Intermediate and CIC* levels. Beginner Novice and Novice run as a one-day event on Friday while the CIC* and Intermediate do dressage. On Saturday the CIC* and Intermediate show jump while Training and Preliminary do both dressage and show jumping. Training through Intermediate and CIC* all run cross-country on Sunday.
GMHA has one of the top equestrian facilities in New England, situated in a beautiful, scenic location. The property has six barns offering 165 permanent stalls, temporary stabling areas, four arenas with European Geo-Textile Footing, multiple grass riding areas, a cross-country course for Pre-Elementary through Intermediate level, and driving hazards and obstacles.
Our cross-country course utilizes most of our 65 acre facility and beyond. We are fortunate enough to have the use of the neighboring fields, which Birch Hill Farm generously allows us to use for select competition days.
The course continues to evolve, utilizing a variety of permanent obstacles (two water complexes, various ditches, trakehners, bank fences, and a coffin) and many portable fences. The wide use of portable cross-country jumps allows our course designers a great deal of flexibility, which results in new and exciting courses for each competition.
Our June event is the season opener and we look forward to seeing everyone after a long, cold winter. It’s a time to catch up with our competitors, old and new. The Festival is fun because it’s so big and exciting. It’s the only event during the year where we run the CIC* and Intermediate levels. We also host the Patrons Tent and the Competitors Party at the Festival so the facility is buzzing the whole weekend. The September horse trials round out the eventing season for GMHA. The days are warm and the foliage is beautiful. It’s usually the last time we see our competitors before they head south.
GMHA events are special because of our location, our facility and our competitors. It’s a close knit community. We want our eventers to know that everyone is welcome at GMHA and we can’t wait for them to get here. This is a beautiful venue, and a fun place to be. If you’ve never been to GMHA, we hope you’ll make a stop here in 2018!
The USEA is profiling the history behind all USEA recognized events in the USEA Events A-Z series.
The USEA Board of Governors (BOG) concluded a productive two days of the August BOG meeting on Wednesday, August 9th in Dulles, Virginia led by USEA President Max Corcoran. All but four BOG members were able to attend in person this year. Many key items related to eventing in the U.S. were discussed at great length including safety, membership strategies, competition procedures, visibility of the sport, and more over the course of the two-day gathering.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to compete in a traditional long format Three-Day Event? Can you imagine the thrill of three additional phases leading into cross-country? In the early 2000s, eventing began to shift away from long format events and toward modern short-format competitions. Not all is lost though! The United States Eventing Association (USEA) created the USEA Classic Series to give riders a taste of the old school experience. These competitions preserve eventing’s history and allow riders at the Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels to take on the challenge of traditional long format events.
As the cutoff date to qualify for Le Lion inches closer, talented young horses and riders in contention for the The Holekamp/Turner YEH Lion d’Angers Grant are gearing up for the final push in hopes of being selected as the grant recipient. Grant funds will assist the selected pair with costs associated with competing at the FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships in the 7-year-old CCIYH3*-L Championship slated to be held later this fall. 2020 Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships competitors and their respective owners and riders have paid careful attention to this summer’s schedule making sure that they would meet the necessary qualifications for La Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France.