We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the first competition in the Classic Trailer Winter Eventing & Dressage Series. Thirty nine horses arriving in 20 trailers packed the grounds bright and early as the frost began to clear. Thankfully, the breeze was kept at bay until the temperatures reached a peak of 55 degrees, perfect for competitors, horses, spectators and volunteers.
Our dressage judge, Claudia Coley provided a positive learning environment for horses and riders.
The cross country courses proved to be challenging for many pairs due to the terrain questions. Beginner Novice had the most difficulties with the gradual long downhill approach to barrels at fence 4 and several horses also encountered difficulties at the water. Novice had some problems at the water and the red ramp drop fence that came off a slight downhill turn. Starter Novice primarily had some fly by’s due to the narrow faces of the fences.
The show jumping course rode well for most competitors. It was a blend of bending lines, related distances, open recovery areas, some terrain and a turning and rollback questions.
Many thanks to:
Classic Trailer, Inc of Springfield, MO for sponsoring the series. 417-831-3022 www.gowithclassic.com Cynthia has used Classic Trailer for her trailer needs for several years. They provide excellent customer service and will help you keep your trailer safe for your hauling needs.
Donna York; goddess of all things scoring! Her attention to details, focus and diligence is greatly appreciated.
Andy Tunnell, Mike Wiles, Shannon Ranson, Shannon Hetzel and Carmen Wiles for starting, timing and jump judging cross country.
Debbie Tunnell and Nicole McCoy for starting, timing, jump judging and serving as jump crew for show jumping.
Lacey Messick for controlling the busy warm up area and keeping the dressage ring moving.
Heather Kircher and Jennifer Lender for scribing and running dressage tests.
Heath Wiseman for serving as parking steward to get as many rigs as possible into the space available.
Many thanks to the competitors, coaches and spectators who kept this event fun and enjoyable for the organizers
and volunteers. We have a few kinks to work out regarding parking and warm-up and I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. Although there were several issues on cross country, I am hopeful that everyone came away with a positive learning experience for horse and rider. I believe that most people took the opportunity to school the problems after the event. We also permitted eliminated horse/rider combinations to continue on the course and continue to show jumping in an effort to get the most experience for your time and money. The Classic Trailer Winter Eventing & Dressage Series was developed to give horses and riders the opportunity to develop their competition skills over the winter so that we can start our official spring competition season stronger.
The courses will be changed for the December 4th show. Entries CLOSE Sunday, November 27th. Trailer space is limited, as the competitors at the November event can attest to. Get your entry in early to make sure you get a spot and to keep your organizer from losing her mind please.
Mail was quite slow during the election rush and as we enter the holiday season it will continue to be slow. I am in the process of developing an on-line entry season, much like MACTA’s , to make entering simpler. In the meantime, simply email a copy of the signed liability and entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit payment via Paypal to the same address. Choose “Send Money to Friends and Family” so that fees are not charged.