It’s high time for me to pick my horse competitions for the year. While many Twin Tiers horse people have already started showing and gaming, I, as usual, am poking along as though the long days and sunny skies last all year. But they don’t. So I better get my tail in gear.
|The victim...er, the noble show pony|
Starlight will be my show horse this year. I’m looking at a June competition and I need it to be on the flat, since she is still so green to the basics. So, a dressage show and non-jumping English show classes are definitely on the horizon. At the end of the summer, a short hunter pace or some cross-country schooling to get her over jumps in a fun way. And at least one cow-related activity, to see what she makes of it.
Looking over the Big Calendar, here’s what I’m seeing, at least as possibilities.
Good one to get us started:
June 3 Chemung County 4-H Sponsored Open Horse Show http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/chemung/4-H/publications/horse/horse-show-2012-04.pdf
One or the other of the following. I'd rather do the schooling show but Sunday shows are so much easier to prepare for:
June 16: Cayuga Dressage and Combined Training Club (CDCT) Schooling School at Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY. http://www.cayugadressage.org/
June 17: Cayuga Dressage and Combined Training Club (CDCT) Recognized Dressage Show at Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY. http://www.cayugadressage.org/
June 30-July 1: Mary Mudge Memorial Show, Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY Contact: Eva Mudge 89 Kiser Rd. Horseheads, NY 14845 (607) 739-9520 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Got to do this one. Where else can I find classes exclusively for pinto ponies?
July 7 & 8: Empire State Paint Club Show: Paint/Pinto Paint-O-Rama; Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY. http://esphc.com/show-season/
July 17-22 Mark Twin/Chemung County Classic; Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY Contact: Naomi Blumenthal, 8125 Verbeck Dr., Manlius, NY 13104 (315) 436-1933 E-mail: email@example.com
This one will be for Hudson, listed as a maybe:
July 23: Draft Horse Show, Alparon Park, Troy, PA
Maybe, to try sorting:
July 28-29 - Cowboy Weekend, to be announced, Sunday is game show and possible team sorting. (TBA); 176 Kelly Rd. New Berlin, NY 13411. www.purecountrycampground.com, 607-847-9265
Love fair horse shows, for some reason!
Aug. 4 - 5: Chemung County Fair Horseshows. Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY CONTACT: Laurie Baker, (607) 738-0695, April Halm (607) 425-1382 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com http://www.chemungcountyfair.com/horseshowevents.html
Aug. 18: Twin Tiers Classic Horse Show; Chemung County Fairgrounds. Open horse show series (four shows total), sponsored by the Chemung County Agricultural Society. Objective: FUN and Rewarding! Divisions include Halter, Beginner WT; Youth and Adult English and Western, Hunter classes.
This is an extreme Stretch Goal:
Aug. 25-26: GVRDC USEA recognized Horse Trials, Geneseo, NY. Levels are Intro, Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary. Contact Wezo Pierson at (585) 509-5691 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ditto the pinto pony classes:
Sept 15: Empire State Paint Club Show: Paint-O-Rama; Chemung County Fairgrounds, Horseheads, NY. http://esphc.com/show-season/
Got to have at least one hunter pace!
September 22 Big Loop Hunter Pace: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM; 640 Artline Rd Eldred, PA 16731 RAIN OR SHINE! http://www.chandellefarm.com/bigloop/dates.htm
A nice, late season show:
October 7: Foxtale Farm “Halloween Harvest,” dressage show with a side of jumping, Horseheads, NY. Entries close Sept. 29. Entries deadline: August 6. All Foxtale Farm shows can be entered through their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foxtale-Horse-Farm-LLC-New-York/130257720356690?sk=wall 607-215-5594, 607-215-5594 or email email@example.com.
It's an ambitious line-up, and if I make it to half of the above, I'll be pleased as punch come winter.