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  • Cross country cancelled at Mill Creek Area 4

    We have had SO much rain here in the midwest. A record really. Unfortunately it hasn't let up recently and they made a good decision to cancel the cross country portion of the horse trial. So just a CT now. Hope it drys out by Queeny in June!
    "Punch him in the wiener. Then leave." AffirmedHope

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    I was registered to ride in BN but had to scratch before closing due to my horse going lame. Horse is better, I got a full refund, and I didn’t have this happen. Sure hope Queeny clears up.

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      The rain has been horrible here in IN.
      http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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        Originally posted by CorazonLock View Post
        I was registered to ride in BN but had to scratch before closing due to my horse going lame. Horse is better, I got a full refund, and I didn’t have this happen. Sure hope Queeny clears up.
        I plan on Queeny also but it needs to quit raining now!
        "Punch him in the wiener. Then leave." AffirmedHope

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          The ground was very saturated and soft. I am really glad they made the decision since it was also a Pony Club Rally with lots of kids.
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          • #6
            Plantation Field, Unionville PA ran recognized yesterday - Novice (I think) through Intermediate...or Advanced...not sure.

            It had rained Thursday and Friday but was clear yesterday.

            Rain all day today for their unrecognized show - Elementary (18") through Training. Of about 174 total entries, 44 attempted all 3 phases and about 44 Withdrew after Dressage. Apparently, the decision was to either scratch, withdraw after dressage or go whole hog. I scratched because I am delicate and made of sugar, as is my horse....we would melt in the rain! It is also in the 50's and we were towards the end of our level so I was worried about the muck.

            Every horse trials I did last year was in the muck! All I want for Christmas is a horse trials NOT in the muck!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ajierene View Post
              Plantation Field, Unionville PA ran recognized yesterday - Novice (I think) through Intermediate...or Advanced...not sure.

              It had rained Thursday and Friday but was clear yesterday.

              Rain all day today for their unrecognized show - Elementary (18") through Training. Of about 174 total entries, 44 attempted all 3 phases and about 44 Withdrew after Dressage. Apparently, the decision was to either scratch, withdraw after dressage or go whole hog. I scratched because I am delicate and made of sugar, as is my horse....we would melt in the rain! It is also in the 50's and we were towards the end of our level so I was worried about the muck.

              Every horse trials I did last year was in the muck! All I want for Christmas is a horse trials NOT in the muck!
              No one did all 3; they cancelled stadium (which was on the grass). None of the training level riders chose to jump, and very few of the novice. I think there was one in my division. As the levels went down, more of the riders that showed up went XC. It wasn't worth the risk IMO (at novice anyway, which was beefy), but my draft x is barefoot so I can't stud. So I just dressaged.

              Here was the view from my trailer tack room.
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                Originally posted by kcmel View Post

                No one did all 3; they cancelled stadium (which was on the grass). None of the training level riders chose to jump, and very few of the novice. I think there was one in my division. As the levels went down, more of the riders that showed up went XC. It wasn't worth the risk IMO (at novice anyway, which was beefy), but my draft x is barefoot so I can't stud. So I just dressaged.

                Here was the view from my trailer tack room.
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                That explains why I didn't see anyone just do dressage and stadium. I figured Stadium would be worse since it is essentially the same track for all levels for the recognized and unrecognized.

                I didn't even make the trek. My friend told me she left after dressage - she was doing Training - so my trainer and I talked and decided it wasn't a good idea for myself and my horse. I also wasn't looking forward potentially getting my trainer's new trailer stuck and having it hauled out....it's only about 6 months old and still very much her baby.

                I was still feeling a bit like a wuss so I looked at the numbers when I got home.

                175 competitors originally signed up
                88 total showed and did dressage
                44 at least attempted cross country
                38 completed

                Like I said...at least I made the popular decision!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ajierene View Post

                  Like I said...at least I made the popular decision!
                  Yeah, I'm practically next door, so for $125 I wanted to at least get a dressage test in!

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                    kcmel - yeah, that makes complete sense. I'm about 30 minutes away and my trainer was rearranging her day to get me there and already spent the morning in the rain and wind. She really didn't think cross country should happen with us for various reasons but was willing to drive me over for dressage but I could tell she didn't really want to and I didn't really want to. We could use some work on "dressage with distractions" - my mare is great at home but SO MUCH TO SEE when we go places - but meh, not worth the miserableness that would ensue.

                    Unfortunately, I'm not around for Plantation in June but I'm planning to go to St. Augustine for a combined trials on May 26th then Fairhill in June will (hopefully) be my first horse trials of the season.

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                    • #11
                      I bagged Plantation. I am just over an hour away. It would have been my horse's first event so I wanted xc to be a good experience. It was too far to bother to go over for 1 dressage test. It was cold and rainy, my trainer was exhausted from a long week, I had plenty to do at home so we skipped it.

                      We are planning on doing the OVCTA show on 5/26/2019. Intro CT plus an additional dressage class. That is close to the barn and a few horses from the barn are going.
                      Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CindyCRNA View Post

                        I plan on Queeny also but it needs to quit raining now!
                        I’m not actually going to Queeny but I was hoping for your sake! It’s about an 8 hour drive for me one way and I wasn’t super impressed with the grounds last year and how far you had to ride to get to anywhere. I’m going to try to do Silverwood but I’m not sure yet. It’s been terrible trying to work my horse because I don’t have any form of arena, and my field has been wet!

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                        • #13
                          I went to Mill Creek! When I walked xc on Friday, I was worried about how soft the footing was. Then it rained Friday night into Saturday. They cancelled xc around 10:30 am. Then it rained more Saturday night. Finally, after my Stadium, I was packing up to go and it absolutely Poured Buckets during my scheduled XC ride time! Needless to say, I was glad they cancelled the XC. It would have been awful to run on super soft ground and risk an injury early in the season.

                          I live about 35 miles from Queeny Park. The second half of this week has been hot, dry, and now windy. I’m feeling confident that the footing at the park will he just fine for the horse Trials.

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