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Lamplight derbies for youngsters?

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  • Lamplight derbies for youngsters?

    Can anyone comment on the suitability of the Lamplight eventing derbies for youngsters (equine)? I have a 4 year old that I'd like to get out there in some low-level quiet shows (both H/J and eventing) at quality venues, and Lamplight is right in my backyard. How packed was the show last year? Low key, or high stress?
    There was a thread about them on here last month and someone posted a video with what looked like a 2'-2'6" division, but I'm having a hard time finding any prizelists. TIA!

  • #2
    I would say that the derbies are a great experience for youngsters. There are several warmup areas, so it's great to be able to move around a bit if need be. We were able to hack around in the dressage arenas the day before the show started also.

    There was also schooling allowed in the big arena last year (for a small fee), and it was really helpful to be able to familiarize the horses with the feel of the big ring. The cost was really affordable for a 2-day show and they had great prizes as well. Another good thing for the green ones is being able to jump a 2nd round the last day. If you check out the website, you should be able to find last year's prize list (www.mauijimhorsetrials.org). We had a great time at both derbies last year and plan on going back this year too!
    No Trouble
    2/2/05 - 7/29/13
    Rest In Peace my quirky brave boy, I will love you forever.


    • #3
      The derbies were great last year. The theme for both was "Fun" for horses and competitors. The first derby theme was "Red, White & Blue" and the second was "Hawaiian attire". Even some horses had on hula skirts. Both were very low key with plenty of opportunity for the horses to get a look at the grand prix ring with all the jumps. Although they were low key, you had the experience of riding at a first class facility!!! I am sure there will be more info on here as we start getting closer to show season. :-)


      • #4
        Originally posted by BBowen View Post
        Even some horses had on hula skirts. Both were very low key with plenty of opportunity for the horses to get a look at the grand prix ring with all the jumps.

        "It was so low-key, there were people riding in their underpants!"

        (suggested as official slogan for MJ '11. Flutie?)


        • #5
          I attended as a spectator last year and thought that the derbies were a GREAT place for youngsters....if my own greenie hadn't been laid up, he definitely would have been there.

          Very low key, no pressure, and you can't beat the price--I think it was something like $180 for 3 days at Lamplight. There was lots to look at but nothing that was TOO scary, and there was ample time for schooling.

          Great event overall.


          • #6
            It's geared for youngsters, human and equine. The schooling in the Grand Prix ring is free this year on Friday. We've raised the entry by a small amount, but it's still the best deal in town. Very relaxed. Starter division is 2'.
            (Aw Groom, we're trying to forget the dread underpants incident!)
            (P.S. Braiding not encouraged!)



            • Original Poster

              Thanks all! I'll definitely put them on my calendar.

              Originally posted by flutie1 View Post
              (P.S. Braiding not encouraged!)
              I need practice for the hunters, so he'll probably be turned out to the 9's.


              • #8
                And, of course, it will be a great tune up for the Wayne DuPage HT the following weekend.
                Brock n. (Anglo-Saxon) badger as in Brockenhurst, Brocklebank etc www.area35.us


                • #9
                  Originally posted by ksbadger View Post
                  And, of course, it will be a great tune up for the Wayne DuPage HT the following weekend.
                  There are two Derbies scheduled - April 15-17 and July 1-3. If I could figure out how to do it, I'd post a prize list and entry form. Is there a tech savvy person out there who could guide this dinosaur through the process?


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by flutie1 View Post
                    There are two Derbies scheduled - April 15-17 and July 1-3. If I could figure out how to do it, I'd post a prize list and entry form. Is there a tech savvy person out there who could guide this dinosaur through the process?

                    If you have it in a document, select, copy and paste it into the body of a message here. If it is already posted somewhere else on the internet, just paste a link to that here.

                    Or you could just retype it all into a post here, 'cause the snow ain't melting anytime soon and what else have you got to do?


                    • #11
                      OK. I'll try the first option later today. The snow sure as Hell aint going away in the near future. More yesterday. Sigh .......


                      • #12
                        I.D.C.T.A. and M.J.H.T., LLC present
                        2011 Wayne Eventing Derbies
                        April 15-17 and July 1-3
                        at Lamplight Equestrian Center, 6N940 Dunham Rd., Wayne, IL


                        Levels offered:
                        Starter - 2010 USEF Dressage Test Beginner Novice A, 2’ jumps @250 mpm
                        Beginner Novice - 2010 USEF Dressage Test Beg. Novice B, 2’6” jumps @300 mpm
                        Novice - 2010 USEF Novice Dressage Test A, 2”11” jumps @300 mpm
                        Training - 2010 USEF Training Dressage Test A. 3’3” jumps @325 mpm
                        Preliminary - 2010 USEF Preliminary Dressage Test A, 3’7” jumps @350 mpm

                        The Derby is a three phase competition – two jumping rounds and a dressage test.. Scores are cumulative. The Dressage phase is ridden in a standard short arena and may be read. The jumping phases consist of some cross country type jumps and some show jumps on a measured track in and out of the Lamplight Grand Prix arena. Jumping rounds are timed against a set published speed. Closest to optimum time may determine a winner.


                        Helmets, boots, breeches and shirts with sleeves must be worn while mounted.
                        Whip length per USEF rules.
                        No formal dress required.
                        Braiding not encouraged. Proper snaffle bit for Dressage.
                        You may enter two consecutive divisions for an additional $100.

                        Friday, April 15 and Friday, July 1 – Starting at 8 AM, limited schooling and familiarization in the jumping arena (no charge) will be available. A Ride A Test will be offered in which riders will receive pointers from a USEF judge for $25.
                        Please note your intent to participate on your entry blank. Space may be limited.

                        All divisions - $250 which includes three nights stabling.
                        No non compete horses allowed.
                        Start times - http://www.mauijimhorsetrials.org

                        Opening Dates –March 18 and June 3 : Closing Dates –April 11 and June 27

                        2011 Wayne Eventing Derbies
                        ENTRY BLANK
                        Please use a separate entry blank for each horse.
                        EVENTENTRIES.COM OR
                        CHECKS PAYABLE TO MJHT, LLC.

                        LEVEL: _____ Starter $250.00 *
                        _____ Beginner Novice $250.00 *
                        _____ Novice $250.00 *
                        _____ Training $250.00 *
                        _____ Preliminary $250.00 *
                        * (stabling included)
                        Extra: _____ Ride a Test $25.00 **
                        _____ Schooling in Jump Arena No Charge **
                        ** (only open to Derby competitors)
                        _____ Tack Stall $40.00
                        (Bedding may be bought on grounds)
                        Total Enclosed $____________
                        To enter Ride A Test on line, click “Ride A Test” on the online entry form.

                        Rider Name : Date of Birth:
                        Address : USEA #
                        City : State Zip (Not Required)
                        Phone : Cell
                        Email :

                        Horse Name : USEA#
                        (Not Required)
                        Owner Name:

                        Send entries accompanied by check payable to MJHT, LLC by mail to
                        Rick Dunkerton
                        P.O. Box 1647
                        Laurel, MS 39441-1647
                        On line and pay with a credit card at


                        • Original Poster

                          So are classes going to be run on Friday? I noticed from last year's start times that the Starter classes ran Sat&Sun... I can't take Friday off of work and so can only show on Sat/Sun...


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by morganpony86 View Post
                            So are classes going to be run on Friday? I noticed from last year's start times that the Starter classes ran Sat&Sun... I can't take Friday off of work and so can only show on Sat/Sun...

                            From my understanding, the show will run on Saturday and Sunday. You can come on Friday to ride a test for a dressage judge for feedback or school in the main ring over fences. You are not required to participate in the Friday portion. If you choose to, a set time will be given for dressage and a time window will be given for jumping based on jump heights.

                            On Saturday you will do dressage and one jumping round.

                            On Sunday you will do another jumping round which is a little bit longer.

                            This is how it was run at the August derby.