Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Updates on it all

Time for updates!!

SVF Show 
We are now accepting entries for the June 28th show for all divisions! Thank you to those who have already sent entries. We had fun running this show last year and are REALLY looking forward to it again this year.

For dressage, Prix Caprilli and all combined tests, entries close on Saturday, June 14th. To be considered on time, entries must be postmarked by June 14th. Late entries for these classes will be accepted if space is available and with a $10 late fee.

To qualify for pre-entry Jumper class fees, entries must be RECEIVED by Wednesday, June 25th. Entries for all jumper classes as well as schooling jump rounds for either the jumper class courses or the CT jump courses can be made up to and on the day of the show.  

Still working on selling/buying a new farm. The process is PAINFULLY slow! Still showing the farm to prospective buyers, though one of the buyers is currently working through the financing process and says we're close to her being "approved" and will be doing a contract soon. Dropped off a contingent purchase contract to the new place. Have a lot of plans for it and cannot wait! The horses have taught me more patience, but it's getting ridiculous! Beyond ready to get started.  

Shirley went out for her first trail ride of the season yesterday. Can I just say that Buck Creek State Park has AMAZING trails! They're in great shape and a ton of fun. Wish it wasn't an hour drive to get there, but it is what it is and so worth it. She was GREAT too! She's done 2 shows so far this year - the first DLSC hunter show at Hilltop Equestrian where she earned two 3rds and a 2nd in the Beginner Hunter (2'-2'3") division. The next weekend we went to the May Come Again Farm Event Derby and competed in both the Starter CT and Starter Derby divisions. Had a couple equipment issues along with ... good grief... COWS!!... but I'm pretty proud of her overall. The pics below are all screen captures from video that Anita took.... some of our nicer moments. :)

Spider has been working very well with Anita on her dressage and coming along nicely working some 2nd level movement and building some much needed strength. She hasn't been out showing yet this year, but I'm hoping we can get her out soon.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Show Information

Wow, the year has started flying by! Shirley has 2 shows under her belt, as well as a new show name. But more on that later. Saturday is opening day for our June 28th show and as such, I figured I would mention a few things about the show. The website has been updated with almost all the latest information. We haven't changed much this year from last year, but there are a few new items.
  • New Class: Due to requests from the community, we've added a new Test of Choice class. A rider may enter this class as many times as they wish and ride any test at any level not already being offered. Tests may include regular dressage tests, eventing dressage tests or even western dressage! Please note that like the Prix Caprilli classes, the Test of Choice class does not count towards DLSC year end awards. Class may be divided as necessary and will be judged as a Percentage class.

  • Judges: The judges for this show will be Emily Abbate (FL) and Emily Hansen-Palmus (OH).

  • Change to Gambler's Choice: We are making a change to how the Gambler's Choice classes run to be more in line with the USEF rules. When ready, the judge will blow the whistle. Riders must cross the start line, in either direction, for their time to begin. They will have 60 seconds to jump any fence they wish. Refusals only count for time. Knock downs will not give riders the fence points. Fences may only be jumped twice. At the 60 second mark, the judge will blow the whistle and riders MUST cross the finish line (in either direction). Should we have a tie in points, it will be the time taken to the finish line that will determine the tie-breaker (fastest time wins). AFTER crossing the finish line, the rider will have the option of jumping the fence marked as the Joker. Successfully jumping the Joker (no refusal or knockdown) will add 200 points to a rider's score. Failure to jump the Joker will remove 200 points from a rider's score. If you have any questions on this class, please ask. Remember, this is a Payback class as long as there are at least 5 riders!

  • Food: Food will be provided by The Junction (from Miamisburg). I don't yet have an idea of their menu, but I will post it here as well as on Facebook as soon as I find anything out.

  • Cross Country Schooling: While the majority of Twin Towers is open for schooling at any time, the bank and the water complex are by paid permit only. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay the cost of the permits. If you are interested in schooling those complexes, please let us know. We would be happy to have them open for schooling (for a small fee) if we knew we'd have enough interest to cover the cost.
I believe those are currently the only show changes from last year. Be sure and take a look at the Event Information page on the website for all the details and ask if you have any questions. Again, opening date for ALL CLASSES is Saturday, May 17th!! Our goal is to have a well-run, friendly show that provides an educational outing for both horse and rider for all the classes we offer. We are open to suggestions and look forward to hosting the show! Hope to see you there!