Hey, FENCE Horse Trial is April 13/14, but the close date is next Tuesday March 26th. They have enough entries to make a go of it, but sure could use a few more.
Just a note about the XC course this year, THERE WILL BE NO DOWNHILL! The route has been redesigned such that you will start down load, meander around the lower fields, making the way up to the finish at the top of Hawk Hill. Depending upon the level of course, you will meander along the upper ridgeline. The only downhill will be your trek back to the barn.
It will be a traditional format schedule with Dressage and XC on Saturday, Stadium and Ribbons on Sunday.
The FENCE HT now has 100+ entries! The course, which is designed by Jon Wells, includes four new jumps, one of which is a new version of the classic "Morris the Horse" jump (based on Tryon's equine mascot) for Novice. TD is high-level FEI official Pat Maykuth. Also, a generous donor (Thank You!) recently gifted funds that FENCE used to purchase Aera Vator ground-conditioning equipment.
It's just grass and water till it hits the ground.
Yes, Mr. Mark will be there. And as for "E," well you know when I supposedly retired I did encourage my great staff to go out and step it up a level and do some of their own shows. She took my advice and has found a dressage show that weekend... But I will have a nice gathering, even to include a local HJ rider, trainer's daughter actually, who is a really nice shooter. She is really an eventer who hasn't figured that out yet.. We'll make it good coverage for the show. Gotta keep FENCE alive..
I think also technically Jon Wells is the course builder, but I don't think he is officially the "designer." Others may know how that really works.. But Jon has put a lot of good time on the course. I'm excited for how nice it will look.
I'll be there...not riding, but helping out some friends as groom and general cheerleader. I know a lot of folks will like the "no downhill" aspect of the course. Does this mean the water comes early on, or is there enough meandering around the woods and lower fields to put it middle-ish?
Sterling and I will be there at BN (first time for FENCE). I cut my teeth at FENCE and I just love this place. We just schooled there and got to try some new jumps (well they were BN so technically all new). I will like this idea of working up the hill though I'll have to change my minds eye view for it was already thinking power up, coast down, finish strong. Just need a little more polish for my Sterling (Silver) to shine I wont be there Friday night as my brother is performing in a recital in Charlotte and I need to be there, but we'll work the course Friday afternoon and look forward to a great time.
Whoo hooo!!!! Some of my favorite pictures are there too!! Mark took a fabulous duo of us going over the hammock jump... I'm smiling like "yay, we didn't stop! whoo hooo" and then a split second later my face is like "OMG this is SCARY!"! hee hee.... Love it
So excited to see the course and everyone!
It will be our first time at FENCE and our first prelim! Excited to see this place that I have heard such great things about. Although not excited about all up hill part....guess I'll not tell Rum that!