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  • Any Groton House reports?

    I know everyone's caught up in the excitement over the Olympics, but the venerable, traditional Groton House horse trials were also held this weekend, and I haven't seen anything here about them.

    I helped set up the dressage rings on Thursday, and intended to come to cross-country day on Saturday, but it was just wicked hot, so my husband sensibly refused to accompany me and I did not want to go alone.

    So, anyone go? Also for the LL --- anyone go to the Classic the weekend before? A girl from my barn who's fairly new to it all placed second in her Elementary division riding the BO's very experienced eventing mare. A second girl, riding another of the BO's horses, fell on XC, but was unhurt and the horse reportedly enjoyed his gallop across the great open fields of Groton House Gotta love those OTTBs....
    Last edited by quietann; Jul. 1, 2012, 09:19 PM.
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    I went to the Classic last weekend. It was the second event I've done with my OTTB. I was totally unprepared for the XC jumps - they were nothing like the other "Elementary" division I had done. Luckily for me, I went off-course in my jumping round (missed jump 7...darn) so XC was just a schooling thing for me. At least with a weekend like that, it won't take much to do better next time.
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      Looks like some carnage in the Novice SJ - any particular reason?

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        Hey QA, sorry you weren't there on Saturday. A breeze came up and made it pretty comfy.

        Yes, I went to the classic BN and then GHF for my mare's first novice. I was thrilled with her both weekends. She learned so much from the first experience (and the GHF 2-phase as well), that she was quite relaxed and focussed for her novice debut.

        The GHF team knows how to put on a good event. Courses were lovely for each level, generally rewarding forward riding and the footing was terrific. From the first time you hear your name over the PA system in Piers' accented tones you know you're at Groton House, and it makes everything special, IMHO, even dressage.

        I can't say for sure what was going on in Novice SJ, but I know that my typically very good and careful mare had problems. There was a bit of a breeze in the warmup area, but the ring and the on-deck area were hot and still (many thanks to the volunteers who endured it all day!). My horse just didn't seem to really recognize the first fence: looking elsewhere, I guess. And then there was some serious pilot error at the 7th. I claim heat meltdown. But there were lots of issues because we pulled two rails and still moved up!

        But my overriding feeling is one of pure elation. I was as thrilled after dressage as I was after XC, and that's saying a great deal. SJ needs work, but still a terrific weekend.

        Thank you to Ann Getchell and the entire Groton House team!
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          #5
          Originally posted by frugalannie View Post
          Hey QA, sorry you weren't there on Saturday. A breeze came up and made it pretty comfy.
          ...
          Thank you to Ann Getchell and the entire Groton House team!
          So I heard but by the time I realized I could have gone, the afternoon was slipping away. I saw some photos of spectators on XC and most everyone looked comfortable even though it was 90+ degrees out there!

          FA, that was very clever of you to do the Classic and the Horse Trials on consecutive weekends. It sounds like you had a blast at both events

          Ann Getchell anecdote: A couple of years ago, I was spectating, just another random person out there. I decided to move and this old woman drives up in a vehicle slightly more studly than a golf cart, and asks me if I want a ride. "Um, sure" I say, and then we're blasting off across the big back field and she's pointing out some of the HUGE jumps out there, and all of a sudden I realize who she is.

          I don't event, but recognize that Groton House is indeed the real deal. Enough that I just may give the eventing dressage tests another go at the Fall Classic, just so I can say I've competed there (my one experience riding there was in summer 2009 when it was cold, wet, windy, etc. and the mare Just. Said. No. so we scratched.) No cutesy carved animals, nothing fancy in the facilities, lots of room to gallop, wicked fun.
          You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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          • #6
            We did our first BN at the Classic last weekend, and loved it. It was a true BN course, and made me fairly nervous walking it, but my horse was a rock star as always, didn't blink at anything except the water pass-through, and even then he went...he just had to make his opinions known first.

            The day seemed to go quite well for everyone else from our barn...the usual assortment of green-bean moments, but overall a great confidence booster.
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            • #7
              "...Ann Getchell anecdote: A couple of years ago, I was spectating, just another random person out there. I decided to move and this old woman drives up in a vehicle slightly more studly than a golf cart, and asks me if I want a ride. "Um, sure" I say, and then we're blasting off across the big back field and she's pointing out some of the HUGE jumps out there, and all of a sudden I realize who she is....."

              Was it Ann's mother, Mrs. Winthrop, driving? Now if you called HER an old woman, I would believe you. Ann herself will NEVER be old, even though she IS my most favorite Old Hag...right up there with Frugal Annie ;-)

              I was there this weekend, to cheer on my dear daughter, who ran the Prelim with style. She rode like a champ, her little horse rose to the occasion and they came home with a green ribbon.

              As usual, GHF ran the premier Area 1 event. I love it there best of all. I am always flooded with memories as I turn in the driveway. Spirits of great old friends, human and equine, waft through the trees, familiar faces around every corner. I LOVELOVELOVE it at Grotty House. Thanks to all for yet another fantastic weekend.
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              • #8
                I love Groton House as much as anyone but it's seemed to get smaller, maybe not in entries, but less fanfare than it used to have. Since they don't run I or A anymore - no more top riders. The YROP only had 6 entries; although the rest of the divisions were plenty full.

                I miss seeing the flags hanging from the trees when you drove in.

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                • #9
                  I ran my horse in the prelim division (our 3rd preliminary x-country ever) and had an absolute total blast! Definitely forward go-y course...I absolutely loved it and so did my guy. Stadium was a bit rough though but we finished and was proud of my boy!

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                    Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                    "...Ann Getchell anecdote: A couple of years ago, I was spectating, just another random person out there. I decided to move and this old woman drives up in a vehicle slightly more studly than a golf cart, and asks me if I want a ride. "Um, sure" I say, and then we're blasting off across the big back field and she's pointing out some of the HUGE jumps out there, and all of a sudden I realize who she is....."

                    Was it Ann's mother, Mrs. Winthrop, driving? Now if you called HER an old woman, I would believe you. Ann herself will NEVER be old, even though she IS my most favorite Old Hag...right up there with Frugal Annie ;-)

                    I was there this weekend, to cheer on my dear daughter, who ran the Prelim with style. She rode like a champ, her little horse rose to the occasion and they came home with a green ribbon.
                    snicker. Perhaps I didn't use the correct adjective. I didn't mean "little old lady" old (would that have been Mrs. Winthrop?), I meant "solid, BTDT, definitely post-hormonal" old. In any case, she was very nice to me.

                    (Throughout dressage arena set-up on Thursday, the woman in charge kept telling us that we had to get everything "perfect" or "Ann will fuss at me." Which, yeah. Exactly what I would have expected. We did have to do some minor repositioning to get it all right.)

                    And congrats to your daughter!
                    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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                    • #11
                      hahhaaa, QA...Ann *would* fuss at her bc Ann has been running the best event for almost 50 years and Ann knows how it should be done. She practically wrote the book on how to run an event! ;-)

                      THANKS for all your volunteer hours! (I happen to think setting up dressage rings is one of the most deadly jobs in the universe!)
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                      • #12
                        complete results

                        http://www.evententries.com/LiveScoring/15012.html

                        Seen on xc - you couldn't miss them - red breeches.

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                          Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                          hahhaaa, QA...Ann *would* fuss at her bc Ann has been running the best event for almost 50 years and Ann knows how it should be done. She practically wrote the book on how to run an event! ;-)

                          THANKS for all your volunteer hours! (I happen to think setting up dressage rings is one of the most deadly jobs in the universe!)
                          I wish, at some point, to ride my horse on the grounds of Groton House. A hack around the fields would be lovely.

                          Setting up dressage rings was fine. Hot, but fine. And the woman in charge is someone who judges at my barn's schooling shows, and she remembered my little horse
                          You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                          1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

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                          • #14
                            I agree. I used to LOVE this event. After they cut the Intermediate, I stopped attending. I love the venue, and I wish they'd run upper levels again.

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                              Originally posted by gorebels91 View Post
                              I agree. I used to LOVE this event. After they cut the Intermediate, I stopped attending. I love the venue, and I wish they'd run upper levels again.
                              http://www.grotonhousefarm.com/html/...s_in_2009.html explains what happened from GH's POV. Of course, this is not the "whole story", but offering I/A when it won't fill doesn't make sense. It seems pretty true throughout Area 1; there are now only 3 events offering I and only one offers A.

                              I was there for the last I and I do understand why people miss it. I saw this horse go and just loved him!

                              As I understand it, offering CIC or CCI instead would have required a huge investment in infrastructure and lots of politicking to meet FEI standards... and with the scheduling issues, still no guarantee that the CCI/CIC folks would show up.

                              I'm just as happy to see them putting effort into their "classics" to allow the smurfs access to their venue.
                              Last edited by quietann; Jul. 3, 2012, 10:48 AM.
                              You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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