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Area I - Huntington vs. Great Vista?

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    Area I - Huntington vs. Great Vista?

    If you had a choice between these two events at the Novice level, which one would you pick? I don't know all that much about Huntington but have heard very mixed things about Great Vista. Any input? Which would you chose?
    Eventing-A-Gogo: Adventures of a Barefoot Event Horse and her Human
    The Reeling: An Unexpected Mareventure

    I don't know much about either, but I would go with Huntington, only because I've heard also mixed things about Great Vista. You should go to Town Hill in Sept.--that is a great event!


      Huntington is a LONG course galloping up the big vermont mountain-if your horse isn't in great shape (which I suspect isn't a problem for you Ritazza from reading your blog ) it's alot to ask. The horses tend to get tired and the trickier questions are at the end when they ARE tired. The water looks a little intimidating-down a steep hill down into the dark, there's an bank complex (I think it's an up-2/3 strides-down), and I think there's a ditch. Because the xc is tiring and it's a one day format, people tend to pull rails in stadium because the horses are pooped. Having said that, Huntington is one of my favorite events (great footing, great people, well run) and I and people at my barn have always had good luck there It isn't just a dressage show-there is alot of movement after crosscountry and stadium. I don't really know anything about Great Vista, sorry

      PS-How's the pony doing? feeling better? I saw you warming up for dressage at riga when I was walking to check scores and she looked great-too bad that bank got you


        I have not been to Great Vista, but I LOVE Huntington. It is one of the good galloping courses in Area 1. Your horse needs to be fit, but I never had a problem, and I didn't do anything special fitness-wise.

        There are lots of fields that you jump through and in and out of, lots of long gallop stretches. Just a really nice, fun course. And the folks that run it are wonderful, nice, and kind. Do be warned that it is a long hack from trailer parking to Dressage and XC. Your support crew might even want to bring a bike. My husband did that and had a great time toodling back and forth.

        Also, most stabling is at surrounding farms. I have had terrific experiences wherever I was assigned. I usually camped at the stabling location after asking permission.

        Have fun!


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          Originally posted by Crazy_Eventer View Post
          PS-How's the pony doing? feeling better? I saw you warming up for dressage at riga when I was walking to check scores and she looked great-too bad that bank got you
          Yea that dumb bank!! The easiest thing on course, the thing she was doing when she was 5 and just under saddle, the thing she was jumping easily before she ever even jumped a full course of regular stadium jumps, the thing I can always count on her to jump! I have no idea what happened, the rest of her course was awesome! She's just trying to keep me humble
          Eventing-A-Gogo: Adventures of a Barefoot Event Horse and her Human
          The Reeling: An Unexpected Mareventure


            Great Vista

            I've never been to Huntington but have been to Great Vista. Nice stabling at the top of the hill and 2 sand dressage rings and stadium is in a grass field. Everything is close to stabling. Cross country is well built fences with a bank, water and small ditches plus the usual coops, benches and some neat logs. Cross country runs down and up and across the side of a big hill and along the bottom of the hill. I really enjoyed it there. Did novice.



              Huntington!! Huntington has consistent for the level, galloping courses. The fences tend to be plain brown things but they are inviting for the horse.

              I don't think the water is weird - it's a puddle. Which to me is a lot more natural type of obstable than a box of blue water. (I don't know why, but blue water just bugs me, fine for swimming pools, not water jumps).

              There is a half-ditch at Novice, I think - and lots of coops, stone walls, more coops.

              The stadium is on grass, and the field is not perfectly level but not like King Oak.

              Dressage is in perfect dressage rings. The warm ups are big.

              I haven't been to GV but one of my friends did and said the XC was inconsistent - lots of smaller fences, then something complicated.

              But the view from the dressage ring was pretty amazing.


                Never been to Great Vista, but I love secret in Area 1, IMHO. In addition to what everybody's already said, the event staff and volunteers are just fantastic (and they take great care of the volunteers, too, if you feel like coming a day early/staying a day late and doing some fence-judging).

                "The present tense of regret is indecision."
                - Welcome to Night Vale


                  Another 2 thumbs up for Huntington - Great courses for both XC and SJ - real old-fashioned galloping tracks rather than jump turn jump. Footing is fab even w all the rain we have had this year - and the light for photography is just magical!

                  Joan from Flatlands
                  Joan Davis


                    I'm having some trouble reconciling the Huntington that I'm reading about here with the one I know - I'd say that it's actually fairly flat (for Vermont) and on the shorter end of the spectrum, but XC is always too short for me! The one thing you should know is that the parking is a fair distance from the D and XC.

                    It is hands down my favorite event, most especially for a youngster. My 5 year old just did his first recognized event (and his 3rd event ever) there at BN. He started out looky on XC, and by the third jump was looking for the next. It's just a great confidence building, gallopy, inviting course.

                    PS just occurred to me that CE might be talking about the T or P courses. I have had to do that big hill at P, but BN and N are - from what I've seen - really just on the 2 levels, so not so hilly.


                      Compared to UNH or King Oak? It's hilly.

                      Compared to Hitching Post? or Vershire - remember that mountain? The trucks can't climb it. It's Flat!!



                        I wen to Huntington for the first time last summer, at novice, and LOVED it. I have competed N-P all over the place and have been to many different venues in Area 1, 2 and 3...there was just something about Huntington that really "got me".

                        It was really nice to "gallop" (I use term lightly as I was going novice) around a course that was open and not full of twisty turns, and had nice fences that are more "natural".

                        The only thing I was surprised about was by the distance from parking to xc and dressage, not so much on my horse, it was a nice hack, but more when I walked from parking to the secretary's stand and back...BRING A BIKE!

                        Plus, Vermont is gorgeous in the summer time, especially up by Huntington.


                          Originally posted by Hilary View Post
                          Compared to UNH or King Oak? It's hilly.

                          Compared to Hitching Post? or Vershire - remember that mountain? The trucks can't climb it. It's Flat!!
                          Does Vershire still have events? I remember those from childhood.

                          I grew up in VT and haven't evented there in years, but I remember GMHA as the killer--2/3 of the way around the mountain climb began. Huntington was basically on 2 levels, valley and ridge, so you only had 1 big up.

                          Anyway, Huntington is gorgeous, have fun!