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Maryland Horse Trials this weekend?

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  • Maryland Horse Trials this weekend?

    Anyone going this weekend? I'm still watching the weather to make my final decision about going. Even thinking about driving the two hours to walk the course/see the venue before packing up for Sunday. Anyone know how the training course is shaping up?

  • #2
    I'll be there Sunday in the Training too. My trainer spoke with Craig about the course and he says it'll be bigger gallop fences and the technical stuff will be smaller. He said it will be a good move-up type course, which is good-because this will be our first rec. training! What division are you in?


    • Original Poster

      I've been kinda hearing the same thing about the course from a few people. The first event will be pretty straightforward while the second event will be ramped up a bit. I have a friend riding prelim on Saturday and she is going to call me to update me on the course and whether or not it's worth the drive. I think I'm in the training rider division or open training. What about you?


      • #4
        Anyone know about the Novice course for the 2nd event? We have a horse entered Novice that hasn't gone out since Rubicon last November but needs to get sold. He's a perfect Pony Club upper C or B level horse but we haven't been able to fit him into the schedule to move up to Training yet. He needs another run at Novice before we move him up to Training somewhere. He went Prelim a couple of years ago but we think he needs a refresher or three as it has been a while and he was on the H/J circuit for a couple of years (but didn't like it - good boy!)


        • #5
          volunteering the second weekend

          I just signed up to scribe for dressage on the 22nd. Are there two different complete events two weekends in a row, or are different divisions going on at different times?
          I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
          I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


          • #6
            It is two separate events, just run back-to-back weekends.

            If anyone goes to the first event and has a chance to take a gander at the prelim fences, would you let me know how they look? I entered in the 2nd week (scheduling issues didn't allow me to enter the 1st week) and Im a bit nervous as this is only our second run at the level. (and the first attempt didnt exactly go as planned)

            Preferably just take a mental picture of the water and ditch combinations?

            Slightly nervous by the fact that the 2nd week sounds to be a bit harder...
            we can do this, we can do this, we can do this....


            • #7
              Well, I could take real pictures, and put 'em up on the web for y'all. Digital cameras are wonderful. No reason not to walk the course before I start scribing. I'll try to do that, if I don't have to be scribing before the sun comes up. ;-)
              I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
              I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


              • #8
                Am volunteering Saturday - went to their open house and the course looked pretty nice from what I saw, however, it wasn't completed yet. According to their website they are taking into consideration the heat and hard ground that summer months tend to offer so I think the courses will be shorter like training is 2000 meters etc.

                I think it is great they are putting alot of effort into the footing i.e. aerating and irrigating (although we're supposed to get some T'storms). The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend - 80's


                • Original Poster

                  Well....if anyone is getting out early to walk the course on Friday, could you please post your thoughts on this thread? It would be helpful to get an opinion on the course before I make the long trek to the event on Sunday.


                  • #10
                    Prelim Course

                    I will be walking it on Friday and will post my thoughts etc Friday ngiht


                    • #11
                      Hi all! I'll be there on Sunday. Was originally going to go Prelim, but felt like I really needed to do some additional homework before competing at that level again after our 1st Prelim in June. This will be a good check to make sure both of us are on the same page - we've had some really great lessons lately and I can't wait to get out there this weekend.

                      Anyhoo, my mom got me a digital camera for my birthday and if time permits, I'll try to get pictures of the Training and Prelim courses to post when we get back. The feedback I've gotten about Craig's courses is that they are a true test at that level, but I've not heard specifics about the questions on the MHT courses.

                      Does anyone know when times will be up today?


                      • #12
                        I'll be there doing scoring, so stop by and say hi! (Tall blonde, will probably be looking sleepy all day. )
                        Road to the T3D
                        fri [fri:] fritt fria (adj): Free
                        skritt [skrit:] skritten (noun): Walk


                        • #13
                          Ack! I signed up for the SECOND one, but there I am with times and all for THIS weekend, which I really cannot do (big work deadline, plus we are way not ready yet as I've been away).
                          I've sent an SOS to the secretary, but just in case...anyone signed up for the SECOND one (T) who might want to swap entries? (a girl can dream)

                          For what it's worth, times are up for this weekend on their website...
                          The big man -- my lost prince

                          The little brother, now my main man


                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks in advance Shaq for some feedback. I'm particularly interested in any difficult training level fences such as ditches, trakenhers, water, bank combos and the venues for dressage and show jumping. I think everyone is curious to see what is going to occur!


                            • Original Poster

                              Just went to their website to get times but still not listed? I went to horse trials and then times are not higlighted. Am I looking at the right place?


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by kiwifruit
                                Just went to their website to get times but still not listed? I went to horse trials and then times are not higlighted. Am I looking at the right place?
                                I had to play with it to get it to work--go to the main first page (the one with the picture of the dressage horse)


                                --and it the links still are not showing then hit your refresh button. Should work.
                                ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                                • Original Poster

                                  okay...must be really stupid or computer is not allowing me to view the times. I clicked on horse trials above the dressage horse and then it takes me to a page that list other areas such as organizer, farm etc. The only two not hilighted are times and results. The suspense is killing me...


                                  • #18
                                    Hey Kiwi - Don't click on the horse trials link, instead, go to the main page and look for the text above the horse. "Times are up!" is one of the links on the main page and that will take you directly to the page of times.


                                    • #19
                                      dont click the 'horse trials' tab at the top of the page. Just got to


                                      And it should be right in the middle of the page with volunteer info and schedule


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Okay.....I GIVE UP! Could someone post or send me my times? I'm not getting anything that says times are up. Name is Sandy Waltz and horse is Kiwi in training rider division.