There is no doubt that most eventers are well-organized and travel to events with most everything they need. But a classic series long format event is a little different. Your preparation will start much earlier with the conditioning that must take place and you will be likely be staying at the venue several days longer than you would for a regular horse trial. Part of the fun of doing a classic series long format event is having the opportunity to 'test' your organization skills and showcase yourself and your horse at your best. So, attention to the details becomes part of the experience!
To that end, there are some supplies that will help make the week a success that might not be on your radar for a regular horse trial. Starting early on building your 'kit' will make your life much easier. Some general things to think about bringing along are:
At a classic series long format event, you will have two formal veterinary inspections. Having supplies at the ready for down-to-the-wire touch-ups will ensure your horse looks his best for the judges. You might include:
It is no secret that a really cool part of the classic series long format experience is the 10-minute "vet box" on endurance day. Because time is limited and the objective is to maximize the cooling out of the horse so he is ready to go cross-country, it is particularly important to be organized and well-prepared for anything. Here are some groupings that might help you to that end:
Unique to the classic series long format is the assistance area after phase B, the steeplechase phase. It is wise to have a separate kit to take there in case your designated helper doesn't get back in time for the 10-minute vet box. Some things to include are:
These lists are just a jumping-off place to get you thinking about your classic series long format experience. Every rider needs to adapt their own list to their individual horse's needs. But it never hurts to be overly prepared. Good luck!
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced the inaugural Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill will take place October 14-17, 2021. Health and safety factors, in addition to other challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, led to a final decision to postpone the international three-day eventing competition originally scheduled for this October at the newly constructed Special Event Zone at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County, Maryland.
Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Massachusetts (Area I) was scheduled to host two one-day events in 2020 offering Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions. Their May event was forced to cancel due to COVID-19, but their September event is planning to run as scheduled.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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