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Tell me about Foothills HT (new event in Area III)

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  • Tell me about Foothills HT (new event in Area III)

    I see a new event on the Area III calendar and I am curious about it:
    http://www.useventing.com/competitio...ar&event=14565

    This one is April 24 and there is also one October 2. Both are one-days. Does anyone know what the facility is like? It is close to Tryon and it looks like stabling is at FENCE. XC runs through Training.

    So glad to see new events starting.
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    Location of Foothills Horse Trial

    I am almost 100% certain that the location is the farm known as Sycamore Springs. I have been there with my daughter several times and the directions "match" what I have for Sycamore Springs. It is a beautiful property. It was privately owned for quite a while, with the equestrian facility leased out to various individuals, the most well known was Michael Plumb, I believe.

    There is a barn on the property with I believe 20 stalls (?) ... it is a gorgeous barn with two aisles with office, tack room, wash stalls & bathroom with shower in the center. The two aisles have barrel vaulted ceilings and the interior of the barn is beautiful stained wood. When I was there, every square inch of flooring was rubber-matted and I remember thinking of all the money spent on mats alone!

    If you go, do NOT miss that left turn onto Blackwell Road. If you continue straight on Old Melvin Hill Road, you will deadend into someone's front yard. Extremely difficult to turn around and there are signs in the yard stating "If you can read this sign, you are within range" (yikes! a friend did this and it was very dicey getting her out of there).

    A positive is that the gas station at Exit 5 off of I-26 carries diesel fuel. This location is only 4 miles to Exit 1 which takes you to FENCE. I would estimate that it would take approximately 20 minutes, door to door to go between FENCE and this farm (which may or may not still be called Sycamore Springs).

    Hope this helps!

    SCM1959

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      SCM1959 is right- it will be at the former Sycamore Springs, now called Long Shadows Farm. Alicia Henderson is the organizer- she is a long time Area II & Area III organizer and secretary. It is a lovely facility- it was originally built for Michael Pollard. The xc is near a river so the footing is nice- more sandy and less red clay than most places in the area.

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        I always love when new HT pop up.. the April HT is over ROLEX weekend though.
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          Originally posted by Duramax View Post
          The xc is near a river so the footing is nice- more sandy and less red clay than most places in the area.
          Ah, very good! Thanks for the info. It will be fun to see what events there are like.
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