I competed at the South Farm Mini Trial this weekend. They do such a wonderful job on both their recognized and unrecognized Horse Trials.
Ended up 2nd in the Novice Horse division finishing on our dressage score. Was tied for first going into XC but it is so difficult to make optimum time with my horses gigantic stride. I was quite pleased to have a nice relaxed trip and finished 30 seconds under the time.
Not going to Bath but participating in the Eric Dierks Clinic at Stonegate Farm.
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It's always nice to hear from Western PA/Pittsburgh eventers. I board at a great eventing facility just outside of Pittsburgh. The training is truly AMAZING, I can't even begin to explain the progress I have made since moving there last October.
The facility is run by Joan Simmons and her daughter Rebekah. Rebekah is an UL rider and just won CCI* at Virginia Horse Trials in May and was a working student at OCET for 5-6 years. She is an amazing trainer and can transport to shows.
I really can't say enough about this facility and the training. They bring in clinicians (JJ Tate was just in a few weeks ago for a dressage clinic) and have an indoor, outdoor, large pastures, excellent care, etc. etc. Their website is www.stonehousefarmonline.com and PM me if you want more information and Rebekah's info...I think the number on the website is for the farm.
I wanted to add that if anyone in the Pgh area needs an extra pair of hands - I need to be educated since I've never been a groom before, but I'm responsible and safety-conscious and generally learn quickly, and I'd love to get more experience with eventing just in general, how events run, that sort of thing.
I'm headed to Bath this weekend as well. Bringing two horses (what was I thinking?). If any of you can get out to Stonegate...Jackie has some really great things going on at her farm. She also gives awesome lessons!