First off we have downsized our Fall Horse Trials for 2009 into an unrecognized horse trial. We have new organizers, Sandy McCormack and Helen Hayn. We hope that you will come out and support the horse trials which will be on our traditional weekend of October 17-18, 2009. If all goes well this year and Sandy and Helen find enough people to help them with the daunting task of running a horse trial - we expect to come back next fall with recognized status.
It takes a tremendous amount of money to run a horse trial and as we are all aware entries are arriving later and later this year. CDCTA hosted a combined test 2 weeks ago and one week out we had 15 rides, and many of the organizing committee wanted to cancel. Competition dawned and we had 70 rides. Please try to get your entries in early - the quality of your event depends on the amount of money in the bank.
Organizers can't run a horse trial like a hunter show. It takes more than a course of jumps and a secretary to pull off a good horse trial. By the time closing day arrives the cross country has been set, new fences paid for, earthwork done, etc. Please, please support the fall horse trials as we try to get a new team up and running. We plan for the entry fee to be in $100 range with no additional fees. You will be jumping our newly upgraded courses and we are planning to offer Baby Novice thru Training.
We will be offering a Cross Country Schooling Day on Saturday, October 17th for $50. Everyone will have the opportunity to school Saturday and compete Sunday, October 18th. For the young horses and green riders it is a great way to solidify your horse cross country, you can jump the baby novice course on Saturday, then take a gallop around the Beginner Novice and really get a rhythm going. Then come back on Sunday and your horse will know what you are asking him to do.
We are canceling our August XC Schooling Day this year and hope to see you in October. Keep an eye out for the flyer - it's in the works and should be on the street shortly.