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    Default Your favorite Area 2 Unrecognized/Starter Events

    Please share, I have a few babies to start around little (less expensive) events and am not familiar with the unrecognized scene =]
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    Fair Hill
    Plantation
    St. Augustine
    Olde Hope
    MCTA
    DVCTA
    Olney



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    Fair Hill is my favorite. It gives you the feeling of a rec. event.

    I also love Olde Hope for greenies, it's a fun atmosphere, low stress.



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    Fair Hill & Plantation are my favorites.



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    Plantation is definitely my favorite venue ever. There's also the Bucks County Horse Park, unrecognized runs similar to their USEA HTs, or Burgundy Hollow, great for an intro HT.



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    Love oldehope for the greenies because Jane will let you give it a few more tries and you don't feel like you have to go home letting them getting away with something.

    MDHT is a really nice place with inviting courses and great footing.

    I like the courses at DVCTA.

    Fairhill is awesome but a long walk and can be a bit busy for first events.

    St. Augustine PC is always a nice event but sometimes the xc course hasn't flowed the best. Depends on who is designing.

    Jenny Camp- Nice event with a fun xc course.

    Marlborough is one of my favorites.

    Plantation is awesome.



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    http://ironbridgehounds.ponyclub.org...rseTrials.html
    My old pony club has a cheap, low level fun event. Was great for babies first event/young kids because it is completely fenced in, no open fields, and very inviting jumps.
    I loved the St. Augustine events too.



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    Fair Hill
    Plantation
    OldeHope
    Waredaca


    Also like to get to some of the little jumper shows
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!



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    Surprised that no one has mentioned Full Moon Farm in Finksburg, MD. They have a nice open XC course and inviting jumps, some terrain, not scary. And don't forget the port-a-potty jump! They also have 'pipe openers' where you can take your greenies (horses and students) out on course and give them a lead around, if needed.

    Very true that the Fair Hill unrecognized feels like a recognized event. Loved doing elementary on the big course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scubed View Post

    Also like to get to some of the little jumper shows
    Does that mean you'll be bringing someone to Radnor on May 5th? Would love to see you.



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    I know nothing about happenings at Radnor May 5th. Are details published anywhere?
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!



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    That's the annual Pony Club Jumper Show. Prize list will be on the web site soon. We were making a few changes from last year. There will be the mini prix and the gambler's choice again.

    Laurie Jakubauskus is the course designer.



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    VA Starter Trials. They have a spring and a fall. They let you school the XC course the day before the trial. Very nice venue.



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    What are the ones in Va.? I'm near Warrenton/Middleburg area.
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    Penny Ross puts on great starter trials and combined tests! The Starter Trials in March at VHT normally have great courses and are laid back, but you get the same setting of a recognized horse trials.

    http://vahorsetrials.com/index.php?o...eral&Itemid=46

    You can also check the CDCTA and VADA/NOVA calendars, as they have a ton of dressage shows and some combined tests. (Not that many actual HT's, but for getting out and about they do the job).

    http://www.cdcta.com/mc/community/vi....do?orgId=cdct
    http://www.vadanova.org/show/calendar/index.html



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    CHP Starter Trials
    FenRidge Farm HT
    Tamarack Hill HT
    TTC HT

    (these are all in NC, obviously, so my not be helpful, but you asked what my favourites were :-D)



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    Quote Originally Posted by whicker View Post
    What are the ones in Va.? I'm near Warrenton/Middleburg area.
    Closest would be the Dominion Valley Pony Club Horse Trial at Foxcroft school (April 15).

    Over time, this has varied from marvelous to awful, depending on the competence of the current crop of Pony Club parents.

    Next would be Loch Moy (Maryland Horse Trials) just a few miles beyond the Point of Rocks bridge on Rt 15.

    Then Waredaca, still withing reasonable driving distance.

    For Combined Tests, CDCTA has one next weekend (St Patricks) at Morven Park, and a CT with dressage and Show Jumping / Cross country combined course in Culpeper on April 7 (day before the rec HT). There is also another CT in the middle of the summer, I forget the date.

    River Bend PC has a traditional CT at Frying Pan Park sometime in March- I forget the date.
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    Giving a shout out for Olney, which was just mentioned in passing, at Olney Farm, too -- course is same as recognized.

    I don't think you can go wrong doing unrecognized events mostly at the recognized venues. The events that do not have a licensed course designer wandering over the property once in a while really do show a big difference to me as a rider. For that reason I try and stick to the starters held at the recognized venues. I don't care HOW many horse trials I've ridden in, designing is NOT transferable from the saddle to on foot but a lot of people THINK they can.

    Oh and don't forget Carousel -- DVCTA hold the event there, even though it is a Delaware event (run by PA people).
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    Also Elysian Hills near Hume- highly casual and friendly. They have a bunch. The only thing I don't like about DVCTA at foxcroft is the stadium indoors, but thats because i've had some spooky fools. So its a good school for them but makes me feel fairly futile.



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