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Running Start Derby Cross Series Championship and Final - October 28th, 2017
***The weather for Saturday looks fantastic! We only have 19 competitors (who, may, of course, add an extra round or 2--should they not like how their first round went, or should they wish to move up (or down) a level. There will also be course familiarization for one hour prior to the start of competition. Riders may go thru the water, but may not jump any fences, other than in the warmup. You may 'show' your horse any fence you wish.***
*****This series has been a joint effort of Marc Donovan of the Carolina Horse Park, and Mari Secrist...We hope you've enjoyed it, and that it 'catches on', as we feel it's a fun, challenging and educational activity for horses AND riders. The Series Champions from each division (most points totalled from all 7 competitions) will receive a beautiful horsehair raku pot, with horsehair tassel--handmade by Horse Country's own celebrated artist, (and co-organizer extraordinaire), Beth Roy. If you've never seen one of these, you really need to check them out! Series Champions will ALSO be awarded an engraved jar of peppermints for the horses--who did ALL the WORK (at least that's what they have told me)! And, of course, there will be ribbons 1st thru 4th awarded to division winners of Saturday's competition. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!*****
We, as Eventers, really need to support the Walthour Moss Foundation--with our labor, and with our dollars!!! There wouldn't BE a "Horse Country" here if not for the WMF. (There also wouldn't be any competitions here at the Secrist Farm, if we couldn't use Moor Meadow for parking). So please, make sure you leave Moor Meadow cleaner than you found it, and also consider sending a check to the Foundation today!!!
As always, we want to PROFUSELY thank our fantastic volunteers, who come out here year after year--no matter what the weather--to enable us to hold this competition in the first place...and, they do it with a smile! THANK YOU!!!!
Many thanks to Bob and Jane DeMeulemester of Banixx, for once again very generously donating a wonderful 'goody bag' to each division winner--including, of course, the ever-wonderful Banixx. Banixx will be donating a bottle of their new Bannixx Shamoo to our 1st Place winners!
Mitch Williamson of 'Action Equine and Sports Video' will be here as well, to video your round. This is an invaluable educational tool that you can watch over and over to see what you liked about your ride...and, of course, to see the things you might want to do differently next time =)
Copy and paste this link for a sample of Mitch's work! It's the Feb 4 DX!
We truly cannot thank our sponsors enough, and we're pleased to add Nunn Finer as a sponsor this year!. Moore Equine Feed and Supply and Cabin Branch Tack have generously sponsored us since our first horse trial in 2012, and we know that our competitors value their support as much as we do! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
***Photos from the 2017 Spring Horse Trial can be found on Brant Gamma's website www.brantgamma.exposuremanager.com*** Photos from the 2016 Fall trial can be seen on the High Time Photography website, and John and Christie will be back here this fall. www.hightimephotos.com***
Please, if you have any landscaping needs, give Tim a call at Th' Farm Nursery (910-723-0063). Tim has very graciously given us the use of all the beautiful trees you've seen for the past 5 years--around Show Jumping and Cross Country. He has a lot more varieties of EVERYTHING from which to choose, and is EXTREMELY reasonable!
Eric Smiley Clinic
Eric Smiley will be back for a Clinic on Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21. See Info and Entry Forms page.