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Schooling 3-phase at "big" venue in 6 hour radius of Nashville

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  • Schooling 3-phase at "big" venue in 6 hour radius of Nashville

    I took my gaggle of kidlets to Poplar last year for one of their schooling shows, and they absolutely loved it. I'm looking for another show to bring them to this summer that is similar. Poplar only has 18" and 2' 3-phase and I have some who moved up to BN this year, so I'll need a different place!

    There were many reasons we loved Poplar so much- we got to ride Friday when we got there, showed Saturday, played in the water jump on Saturday afternoon, and schooled again on Sunday before we left- so lots of riding "bang" for your buck.

    The courses were simple and straightforward- no crazy fillers or turns on stadium, xc was natural and on the smaller side, but out on a "real course" not in a little area.

    The venue was thrilling for the kids- awesome arenas, HUGE stabling, vendors, "real" XC to school with mini ditches, banks and two waters to play in, plus all the HUGE jumps to walk up to and gawk over.

    So, I'm looking for options where to bring them this year- I'd love something at the KHP- most of my kids have done rally there when they were tiny, so they don't remember much of it.

    I thought about Flying Cross, but I think tadpole division is a 2'-2'3" and that's probably a little "much" for my 2' kids.

    Someone mentioned that HHP might have one when we were there for Penny Oaks.

    Chattahoochee? Spring Run? River Glen?

    We'll need a mid-summer date- preferable mid-late July. A schooling show run in conjunction with a real HT would be ideal- do those exist?

    It will obviously also need to be a venue set up to allow us stabling for three days and have hotels near by!

    Any input would be great!

    Big Idea Eventing

  • #2
    Mid-South at KHP, late June. And don't rule out Flying Cross (September), no harder than Poplar or Penny Oaks). Penny Oaks is good too.


    • #3
      Champagne Run usually does a couple of schooling trials at the KHP and/or Masterson each year. Octoberfest is the big one but I think they also have a summer mini-trial and maybe one in the spring as well.


      • #4
        I'm not a "big venue" but come and see me next summer! My 3 phase is the 3rd Sunday in June and another in October but I have derbies & CT's every month all summer. Cookiepony and Subk can fill you in on my place!


        • #5
          Originally posted by LAZ View Post
          I'm not a "big venue" but come and see me next summer! My 3 phase is the 3rd Sunday in June and another in October but I have derbies & CT's every month all summer. Cookiepony and Subk can fill you in on my place!
          LAZ has nicely-built jumps that are just like the recognized venues! Ditches, banks, water-- check! Plus permanent stabling.
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          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by secretariat View Post
            Mid-South at KHP, late June. And don't rule out Flying Cross (September), no harder than Poplar or Penny Oaks). Penny Oaks is good too.
            These are all horse trials, right? I need amoeba and tadpole divisions, too!

            Originally posted by flypony74 View Post
            Champagne Run usually does a couple of schooling trials at the KHP and/or Masterson each year. Octoberfest is the big one but I think they also have a summer mini-trial and maybe one in the spring as well.
            I'll look into these- kyevents would have them listed, right?

            Originally posted by LAZ View Post
            I'm not a "big venue" but come and see me next summer! My 3 phase is the 3rd Sunday in June and another in October but I have derbies & CT's every month all summer. Cookiepony and Subk can fill you in on my place!
            Maybe we will, LAZ! How far are you from Nashville??
            Big Idea Eventing


            • #7
              LAZ is about an hour north of Indianapolis. She also neglected to mention her camp, which is super fun for kids AND trainers. That's in July.

              HHP also has Leg Up HT in July (they offer starter-novice) and A Penny in the Park HT. Both are schooling shows, but at recognized HT venue.

              KHP has Octoberfest, which is a schooling HT too.

              Not sure how far it is from Nashville, but Greater Dayton/Gemwood has added a starter division before. So that would be a recognized HT at BN, but a non-rec starter division too.
              Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...


              • #8
                What about Big Bear? They are just down the street from Poplar and have three phases at all levels at their schooling shows. And they still let you school XC the night before. I'm pretty sure at least

                Great place too. Very fun and friendly and I *think* they even have a cabin you could rent out and all stay in.


                • #9
                  Big Bear? I haven't been there in awhile, but I always loved going there. I don't know if they do schooling shows the same way now, but I would school the cross country course Friday and show Saturday. And you could combine things. So a Tadpole kid on the cusp of moving up could do something like a Tadpole 3-Phase and a BN stadium round. Or just do a BN CT and school cross country. They may have had individual cross country rounds.

                  Is the Ark too far? I think they have Amoeba and Tadpole divisions.
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                  • #10
                    I just checked the Big Bear site and it looks like they no longer do their schooling trials. What a shame, as they used to have them often and they were fantastic for gaining some mileage at the lower levels.

                    The Champagne Run events are usually posted on http://www.champagnerun.com. I doubt they have their 2011 shows listed yet, as sometimes they don't list schooling shows until a few months prior to the event. Octoberfest is awesome.


                    • #11
                      LAZ has a fantastic facility. Def worth the drive. it took me 4 and half hours to get there. I would assume it would take you around 5-5 1/2.
                      ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
                      R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor


                      • #12
                        Carolina Horse Park has a starter HT in July (24th?). Not sure if they plan on adding a schooling day prior to, but you could e-mail or call. There are also a couple of smaller farms near the CHP with Amoeba - BN sized XC jumps you could school at while in the area (within a couple of miles).

                        PM me if you are interested and I'll give you the appropriate contact info. Good luck!
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                        • #13
                          FENCE has two that Foothills Riding Club puts on. Not in the month you were looking for but man is it a nice place!
                          They have maybe a 12" and an 18" or it might be an 18" and a 2 ft. My pony who is fruity has jumped most of them no problem when we hunter pace up there. Google Foothills Riding Club. They are normally in May and October. I have not been to the HT but to the dressage schooling shows and everyone is so NICE and they are well ran. They do fill up fast. My goal is the one in May. Also google Eric Olsen photos and you can see the pics/jumps from this year. Must are baby version of real jumps. Coops, logs, walk thru water, little boxs.
                          I think per car Nashville to Knoxville to Hendersonville to Tryon would be about 6 hours? Sure there is a better way to go but when I lived in TX and drove home to WNC that was my route to get to Hendersonville.
                          Last edited by belleellis; Dec. 9, 2010, 11:01 AM. Reason: Their/there....bad grammer!
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                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks, everyone, for your input so far! I'm checking out these shows and their dates as they relate to my event calendar! Anyone else with input, please, let me know!
                            Big Idea Eventing