Halifax, MA – August 19, 2011 – The staff at Fieldstone Equestrian are excited to announce that they will host their biggest event ever during next week’s Fieldstone Summer Showcase. The finale of Fieldstone’s SmartPak Triple Crown Series, the Summer Showcase will run August 23-28 at the idyllic Fieldstone Equestrian & Show Facility in Halifax, MA. Fieldstone has prepared for a record number of competitors as the week quickly approaches and managers are confident that exhibitors will be thrilled with the exciting schedule of events.
Fieldstone Vice-President Shawn Clawson looks forward to hosting another successful week of competition and is excited about the progress that the Fieldstone horse shows have made this season. “The farm looks great, the footing is in fantastic shape, and the grounds are completely ready for next week’s event,” Clawson stated. “Everyone at Fieldstone has been working hard to make our events the greatest in the northeast, and we are proud to say that all of our hard work has paid off. The numbers for the Summer Showcase are our highest ever, and we thank all of our participants for their enthusiasm and support.”
A highly successful professional who has been competing at Fieldstone for over ten years is Greg Prince. Prince not only earns numerous accolades himself, but is a very successful trainer with many students riding to wins at Fieldstone. Prince enjoys the exhibitor friendly atmosphere of the horse shows and noted that the shows have grown greatly since he first attended many years ago.
“It is one of the most exhibitor and horse friendly shows of the year,” Prince asserted. “They do a really nice job of making it feel like you are wanted there, making you feel important, and they always put the horses first.”
“It was always a nice regional horse show and it has grown to become one of the nicest horse shows in America over the last ten years,” Prince stated. “That is the really big difference. It used to just be a really good local horse show that was great for people in New England, and now it is one of the nicest shows in the whole country. Anybody that has been here, even the big professionals, will tell you that it is one of the best horse shows they go to all year.”
One of the many highlights of the Fieldstone Summer Showcase will be the conclusion of the 1st Annual Fieldstone Triple Crown Series, sponsored by SmartPak. Featuring three horse shows with USEF ‘AA’ hunter and four-star jumper competition, the series began in May with the Fieldstone Spring Festival, continued in June with the Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic, and will conclude with its final competition during the Fieldstone Summer Showcase.
Points will be combined from all three competitions to determine circuit champions in 17 divisions including: Short-Stirrup, Pre-Child/Adult, Pet Pony Walk/Trot, Equitation 11 & Under, Equitation 12-14, Equitation 15-17, Adult Equitation, Children’s Hunter, 2’9’ Hunter Derby, 3’3’ Hunter Derby, Pony Hunter Derby, Pony Hunter, Small Junior Hunter, Large Junior Hunter, Training/Schooling Jumpers, Child/Adult Jumpers, and Children’s Hunter Pony.
The awards ceremony for the conclusion of the SmartPak Triple Crown Series will be held during the Saturday night MHJ Medal Qualifier Lobster Bake, sponsored by Elite Shavings. Prizes will include a Wallfleet bridle and cooler for division champions and a baby pad for reserve champions. All prizes have been generously donated by SmartPak.
The First Annual New England Hunter Derby Finals will take place throughout the week during the Fieldstone Summer Showcase. As the finals for the NEHJA Hunter Derby Series, riders from all reaches of the Northeast will vie for $45,000 in prize money. The three divisions for the finals have something for everyone; the $25,000 3’3” Hunter Derby Final, $10,000 2’9” Hunter Derby Final, and $10,000 Pony Hunter Derby Final. In order to qualify riders must have entered, shown, and completed at least one respective Hunter Derby in the New England states. With a large purse and beautiful courses on the pristine grass Grand-Prix Field, these events are not to be missed!
Feature classes at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase begin on Wednesday, August 24, with a $7,500 Welcome Stake. Thursday will feature the $10,000 Pony Hunter Derby Finals and $10,000 2’9 Hunter Derby Finals. Friday’s competition will feature the $2,500 Junior A/O Jumper Classic, $5,000 Junior A/O Jumper Classic, and $25,000 New England Hunter Derby Final. A full schedule of events will run on Saturday with a $5,000 Children’s Adult Jumper Classic in the morning, a $7,500 Speed Stake at noon, and a $25,000 Grand Prix beginning at 3 p.m. The week will conclude on Sunday, August 28, with the Massachusetts Hunter Jumper Association (MHJ) Medal Finals, the premier equitation finals of Massachusetts.
Fieldstone Equestrian would like to thank their generous sponsors of the 2011 season:
Herb Chambers Motor Cars – $25,000 Herb Chambers Grand Prix, $7,500 Herb Chambers Speed Stake
Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth – Official Hotel with $115 Exhibitor Room Rate
Smartpak – The SmartPak Triple Crown Series/Riders Tent
Dover Saddlery – Pony Hunter Derby/2’9” Hunter Derby
CWD Sellier – Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic
Equine Insurance Services
Elite Equine Shavings – MHJA Medal Qualifiers Lobster Bake
Deeridge Farm – Deeridge Ribs and Steak BBQ
Woodridge Farm – Junior Hunter Division
Esterbrook Farm – USEF Pony Medal/ASPCA Medal Maclay
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Conveniently located just 28 miles south of Boston in the heart of southeastern Massachusetts, The Fieldstone Equestrian and Show Facility is bar none in the New England region. The outstanding competitions provide a great opportunity for riders, owners, and trainers to experience something new and different from their standard horse show destinations. This beautiful, scenic facility is the perfect option for competitors looking to give their horses a breath of fresh air and compete in a beautiful, relaxed environment. Centrally located, the horse show is easily accessible from Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and anywhere in the northeast region.
The stunning show grounds offer competitors, guests and spectators beautifully manicured grounds, miles of trails and an exhibitor friendly atmosphere. The facility boasts nearly 100 acres, equipped with nine all-weather show rings by GGT footing, permanent and temporary stabling, ample parking, and a beautiful all-grass Grand Prix field. Renovated in 2009, this field is a world-class venue for the facility’s premier classes. With show schedules boasting over $100,000 in cash and prizes and great exhibitor parties and events, these horse shows are not to be missed!