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    I will be attending the Swan Lake show in Pennsylvania at the end of the month with my one Jumper and my Hunter.

    Has anyone shown there?

    This is my first time at this venue, it does look like a nice place.

    What can anyone tell me about the rings, class sizes, ect.

  • #2
    bump. I'm curious too. Our barn will be going for some of the "B" shows in July and August.
    False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
    -- William Shakespeare


    • #3
      It is a gorgeous facility, they run a nice horseshow. I have shown there both indoors and out and liked it a lot. The footing was a little deep in one outdoor ring, but I've heard that it's better now, that was a while ago.
      Who is John Galt?


      • #4
        Swan Lake is a wonderful horse show - it's usually very well-run and the facilities are lovely, from what I've seen. I've never stayed in the temp stalls, this will be the first year, but my trainer took a bunch of horses last year and had nothing but good things to say! Sometimes the rings run a little slow at the B shows but mostly at the big show they keep things hopping. The only complaint I would have is that they just don't seem to draw as many jumpers as hunters, so the jumper classes are sort of small (in comparison, of course ).

        "You keep one leg on one side, the other leg on the other side, and your mind in the middle." -- Henry Taylor, "Riding Lesson"


        • Original Poster

          (gidyness unfit for a women of my age) I am sooo looking forward to this show

          What would be the numbers in the level 5/6 jumpers 00Jumper, do you have an idea of the numbers from previous years entries?

          How about the town it is in. I am hoping to get to Philly before I come home, but would love to here of any "spots" to eat, visit, shop in close to the show.

          More importantly......
          Coffee....where is the best coffee since I cannot bring a Timmies with me

          Another Canuck invasion is about to happen and it is not even Thanksgiving.


          • #6
            Do a search, there have been quite a few threads on Swan Lake in the past.

            I agree it is a beatiful facility.

            I do not agree that it is a well run show.
            Auventera Two:Some women would eat their own offspring if they had some dipping sauce.
            Serious Leigh: it sounds like her drama llama should be an old schoolmaster by now.


            • #7
              The town Littlestown is well ... little. Suggest booking hotels asap in Hanover (I heard yesterday the hotel that offers the Swan Lake hotel discount only had smoking rooms left). Bev, the show secretary, is fabulous.

              I am excited about the June show with the Hunter Derby and the generosity on behalf of Lynn, the manager, to allow/support CANTER to hold a fundraiser during this show.


              • #8
                We will be at Swan Lake. The facility is gorgeous, jumps are decorated lovely and the rings are wonderful. We stay in the permanent barns and like them a lot. I'm excited to get to watch the Derby.

                If you want to check out a nearby town, head to Gettysburg. A lot of fabulous restaurants and shops. Plus there is a large outlet mall up 97. If you want good pizza, go to Tommy's (on Steinweher Ave). The Pub on the square and Blue Parrot right down from the Square (on 30W) are also great restaurants.
                "The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed" UK


                • #9
                  VERY nice facility and very well run shows.


                  • #10
                    Do they have an area for RV hookups?
                    Experienced riders are not prone to brag. And usually newcomers, if they start out being boastful, end up modest. -C.J.J. Mullen


                    • #11
                      Really nice facility....but that`s about it. I like the way they build the jumps nicley, and the footing is good but the way they run it is crap. I would say maybe it was just the one show but we went about 3 or 4 times and every time it took forever to get through one class. In the jumper ring it took 1 1/2 hour to get through one jumper class becuase the girl needed to BREAK THE TIMERS to qualify for something. The hunters and eq wasn't as bad but it still took awhile, they would wait for forever for people in the schooling ring until the last day when they got fed up. The jumper ring made no annouciments in the barn and then would wait for ages, even longer than the hunter ring for the people warming up. Just badly run :/ to bad it's really pretty.


                      • #12
                        Swan Lake is outside Littlestown, which is very near Gettysburg and Hanover. I second Tommy's's wonderful But be warned it's tourest season!!
                        The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon


                        • #13
                          I agree with previous poster, beautiful facilities. Some of the people are nice. The footing is pretty good, my horses have always loved it. Gas to get there is rediculous (not the horseshows fault!) and then the entries are REDICULOUS!!! i realize that many "A" and "AA" shows are expensive but to not even horseshow and walk onto the property at a "B" for no less then $65 even if you dont walk in the ring!! It is seriously too bad...


                          • #14
                            It is located near Gettysburg, PA which will be swamped with tourists in the summer months - far too crowded for my tastes. It is a lovely venue but there are many other places that I prefer to show.


                            • #15
                              Ahh but Tommys Pizza is worth it! I lived on it when I was in college...


                              • #16
                                Beautiful facility, great footing, lovely jumps...really impeccable facility.

                                Lynn and the Bast family have been so generous to allocate the resouces, space, advertising to run ex-race horse/CANTER fundraisers there.

                                If you get a chance please stop by the tables on Friday and Saturday we will be there with a bake sale, raffle, silient auction and lots of information on ex-race horses. A friend oif mine and I have formed a fund rasiing offshoot to CANTER mid Atlantic to really help raise awareness and promote ex-race horses in all capacities.

                                In addition we are giving out the CANTER USA Overall Thoroughbred award during the award ceremony for the $10,000 Hunter Derby Friday night.

                                And then Saturday right before the $10,000 Mini Prix we are also giving out the Francis Bacon Memorial Trophy ( another TB award)

                                Both are decided on by the judges and officials to two outstanding TB's during the course of the show.

                                CANTER also has a grooms class as well.

                                Good luck showing and I think you will have a great time,
                                I actually sat down with Lynn while we were thinking of CANTER/EX-Racer involvement and we talked about the Exhibitor party which will be a lot of fun a tailgating during the hunter derby and she really streamlined a lot in her prize list to help things move along...there are still lots of divisions and classes to choose from..but she defintiely has streamlined it.
                                "All life is precious"
                                Sophie Scholl


                                • #17
                                  I love the facilities--rings are top notch. The manager has her foibles as people have mentioned before, but that just makes her a horse person, IMHO I would never hesitate to encourage anyone from showing there. As for people complaining about the costs, sure beats HITS


                                  • #18
                                    Beautiful facility, great jumps, never had an issue with the footing that wasn't promptly remedied to the best of the horse show's ability. Could be run better and it's pretty expensive, but the courses are good, the judging is good, and my horse likes it there. Bring a TON of fly spray, the bugs are really bad there in the summer.
                                    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


                                    • #19
                                      Permanent stalls!!!

                                      The facility is lovely. The rings and grounds are decorated beautifully. Management can be difficult to deal with. Permanent stalls would be the way to go because the tents are dreadful - Not close and very,very cramped. Lunging can be an issue. Leasing a paddock can be extremely expensive. Classes do not run on time. You may be waiting for hours to have someone get to the gate. But you may have a different experience than I. Good luck!


                                      • #20
                                        It's been about 5 years since I've been to Swan Lake, but I loved an A show I attended there -- I think it was the first year they hosted rated shows -- I was riding my psycho mare at the time, and I spent 5 days walking her u/s around the facility before I thought she was settled enough to show on Sunday afternoon (never did manage to show that mare over fences at any other show except for schooling shows at the barn where we boarded) -- Show manager drove around the facility in a golf cart all week with a big bag of carrots offering them to horses as she stopped to chat with their riders -- Psycho mare loved golf carts by the end of the week -- Footing and courses were great -- They encouraged riders to get to the rings by giving out a $10 gift certificate to the first to show in each division -- Tents and lots of chairs set up ringside to make life easy on spectators --
                                        "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM