What’s Happening This Fall?

Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the summer. It’s free to post a listing. Just email the date, location, contact information and any other details to [email protected]. (Note: This is a list generated solely from submissions. If no one sends us the details of your event, it won’t be included.)

Location Quick Links: Area I | Area II | Area III | Area IV | Area V | Area VIArea VII | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

October 6: Huntington Farm October Schooling Trials
Huntington Farm Schooling Trials are a great opportunity to ride on USEA sanctioned and professionally designed courses, in a relaxed, laid back atmosphere! These events are meant to be educational and fun for horse and rider! No jump courses are timed. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

October 14: Hitching Post Farm Schooling Trial 4
Hitching Post Farm Schooling Trials are a fun, educational way to enjoy every aspect of eventing. A great beginning for new riders or new horses, an excellent place to for every move up and a very coach friendly facility. Our courses are all USEA standard set in an approachable way over some terrain. Jump courses are not timed. New this year, we will be offering an elementary division with a jump height maximum of 2’3″. The intro(Grasshopper!) division will be offered as a combined test with a few small logs as part of the show jump course. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

October 27-28: Sally Cousins Clinic
Hosted by CDCTA-Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association. Location: Ayer Mtn Farm, Franklin, CT. Class sizes of 4 or fewer riders for 1.5 hour sessions. Offering both stadium and cross country sessions at levels from ground poles to Novice. To get the most from the clinic, it’s recommended to attend both days. [Click for more information]

November 8-9: William Fox Pitt at Letchworth Farm in Nunda, NY
William Fox Pitt will again be joining us in Western New York! Day one will be stadium, Day 2 will be Cross Country. You can sign up for either day – please note on entry which you’d like to do. Packages available for out of town guests – $1000 includes the clinic, deluxe accommodations for you and your horse, dinner with William, and a full British breakfast! [Register on Event Clinics]

Area II

September 21: Jump Chute Clinic with Martin Douzant in Adamstown, MD
This Clinic is intended to be an introduction for young horses to practice free-jumping in a jump chute. The setup will be similar to the chute that will be used in USEA Future Event Horse Championships. Free-jumping is a wonderful way to evaluate the potential of a young horse over fences. It is also an effective and positive way to introduce a young horse to jumping without the guidance or distraction of a rider. Not only is free jumping good for young horses, it is also beneficial for mature horses to keep them quick on their feet and to remind them how to take care of themselves when needed. Open to horses of all ages. [Register at Event Clinics]
September 28-30: George Morris at Beverly Equestrian in The Plains, VA
George Morris returns to Beverly Equestrian September 28-30, 2018. Consistent with its core principals of preserving open land for equestrian pursuits and promoting the education of horse people and riders, Beverly is proud to bring clinicians who are each renowned in their respective fields to riders in the Piedmont area. The clinic will run Friday-Saturday-Sunday, high to low, and classes are limited to 8 riders. All lessons will be taught in Beverly’s 200X100 lighted indoor arena with state-of-the-art footing. There are no private sessions in this clinic. [Register at Event Clinics]

September 29: Pick Your Time/Pick Your Test Dressage Show and Jackpot Jumpers in Adamstown, MD
Pick your own times and ride any test you want in this low-pressure schooling show, then follow it up with jumper rounds for a customized Combined Test. Dressage is scored on the Danish System, where individual effort is rewarded over competitiveness. Fix-a-tests are also available. Jackpot Jumper rounds offer prize money and ribbons at each level. For more information and to sign up, visit Loch Moy Farm.

September 29-30: Frying Pan Park Farm in Herndon, Virginia
LandSafe is a two day clinic (four hours per day) which implements specific exercises to help develop the muscle memory to give participants the tools to reduce their rider risk in a fall scenario. Participants will spend time on the gym mats and simulator each day to practice a variety of fall scenarios. For more information about LandSafe please visit www.landsafeequestrian.com. If you are an current USEA Area 2 member signing up for this clinic you will receive a $50 rebate at the time of the clinic. A huge thank you to the USEA for making the rebates possible for their members through grants! To sign up please click here. Please contact Keli Warrington if you have any questions about clinics. [email protected]  or 484-459-4974

September 30: Pace and Steeplechase Practice Clinic with Kelley Williams in Adamstown, MD
Gain experience riding over terrain and over fences at cross country speeds from Elementary through Preliminary levels. This clinic is designed to help riders gain a feel of the appropriate cross country speed for their level of competition and then to incorporate steeplechase style fences in order to develop the ability to safely navigate jumps at that speed. [Register at Event Clinics]

September 30: Elysian Hills Starter Horse Trials
Flexible entry options allow you to select from the eventing disciplines of dressage, stadium jumping and cross country. Time permitting, horse trial competitors will be allowed to ride the cross country course and stadium a second time. We want you and your horse to have a positive learning experience. Our dressage is in a sand ring, stadium in a blue stone ring and cross country over rolling hills. Cross country includes two water jumps, ditches, walls and a large variety of natural cross country jumps. Elysian Hills offers introductory (18″), Elementary (2 ft), Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level as well as Preliminary combined tests. Competitors may enter horse trial (D S X), combined test (D S), jumping (S X) or dressage only (test of choice). [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

September 30: VHT Starter Horse Trials, Combined Test, and Dressage Schooling Show
A fantastic and fun horse trial, combined test, and dressage schooling show, held at a beautiful venue. Invite your friends to join you, and come measure your improvement for this year! Riders of all levels welcome. Classes and riding opportunities offered include horse trial, different combined test options, and USEA/USEF/FEI dressage tests. Multiple rides encouraged, and discounts available for immediate family members, Pony Club, and 4-H riders. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

October 2: Ronny Riemer (“The German Riding Instructor” of those hilarious videos) Jumping Clinic at Silver Fern Farm in Earleville, MD
Fun weekend with Ronny working on proper flatwork, gymnastics, and courses. Entry includes 1 groom..food for 2 breakfast/lunch/drinks, Q&A BBQ dinner. Auditors also get breakfast/lunch/drinks. Q&A BBQ is $25/person..ad to entry or pay day of. Stall/fields are limited on site 1st come 1st serve. Also very local stalls within a mile. Local lodging please inquire..you are also welcome to stay in trailer or tent on site for free. BBQ dinner to include Chicken, Pork, Pasta, Salad..please inform me of dietary issues. [Register on Event Clinics]

October 8: Capital Area Premium Sporthorses | Sales & Lease Preview Evening at Kama Godek, LLC in Aldie, VA
Kama Godek, LLC at Ohana Equestrian Preserve is pleased to present the inaugural Capital Area Premium. Sporthorses Sales & Lease Preview Evening. Sellers present your horses in front of an audience of buyers. Buyers simplify your search with a collection of 40 sporthorses presented in one indoor arena within an evening. We seek to provide potential buyers with a broad range of horses to choose from across the disciplines of dressage/ hunters/ jumpers/ equitation/ eventers in one convenient location. For the registration price of $100 we will organize your horse in a catalogue, video presentation and for $50 provide you with an additional day to come school in our indoor before the presentation evening. Buyers / Attendees are welcome, Catalogues will be available which highlight the horse’s results and provide the sellers contact information. Limited to 40 sales horses for this inaugural evening. [Register on Event Clinics]

October 10: Philip Dutton Eventing Clinic at Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, VA
1 day clinic. Advanced through Beginner Novice. Sessions will begin with 15-20 min of flatwork focused on adjustabiity for over-fences work. Riders will move from there to over-fences work in the arena with heights and questions appropriate to all levels; eventually incorporating related jumping lines. The sessions will culminate with some competition-style questions and XC lines, though these exercises will be done predominately in an arena setting. Phillip wants riders & horses to walk away from the clinic feeling confident & understanding how to put the work to good use in the future. [Register on Event Clinics]

October 12-13: Lucinda Green Succeed XC Masterclass at Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, VA
Come and join Lucinda Green – six time winner of Badminton (on 6 different horses!), World Champion, Olympic Silver Medallist & master clinician at the wonderful facility at Plain Dealing Farm for a Cross-Country Masterclass. Lucinda’s instruction expertise drawn from her vast experience in eventing is world renowned! This 2 day clinic steers horse and rider to the techniques of mastering the cross-country must-have skills for safety and success. Lucinda is running these masterclass clinics all over the world this year due to her popularity as a clinician in the world of eventing, make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to gain from her wealth of knowledge and expertise! Riders of all levels benefit from Lucinda’s teaching from beginner novice to advanced – a good rider never stops learning. [Register on Event Clinics]

November 2-4: Olympic Show Jumper Chris Kappler Clinic at Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, VA
Olympic Champion, Chris Kappler comes to Rutledge Farm, in Middleburg, Virginia, November 2-4, 2018, to teach a high-performance 3-Day Show Jumping Clinic. The last time that Chris Kappler taught a show jumping clinic, in this region was over a decade ago. Chris Kappler is a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist for Team Jumping and Olympic Silver Medalist for Individual Show Jumping, and 2003 Pan Am Games Gold Medalist for Team Jumping and Silver Medalist for Individual Jumping, In 2003, Chris was also named Equestrian of the Year, by the United States Equestrian Federation. An exclusive opportunity to train with Olympic Show Jumping Champion Chris Kappler! Make sure to sign up, now, for this rare experience, before spaces fill up. This 3-Day Clinic is part of the Rutledge Farm Sessions Gold Medalist clinic series. [Register on Event Clinics]
November 5-7: Joseph Murphy Cross Country Clinic at Windurra in Cochranville, PA
Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy is returning to the States to teach for three days, Nov. 5-7, at Boyd Martin’s top facility Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA. Lessons are small group sessions and approximately 80 minutes long. Cost is $125 for one day, $240 for two days, and $360 for three days, plus a $60 facility fee for Windurra. Reserve your spot with a $50 deposit on PayPal (choose the friends & family option) to [email protected] Specify date and level for your horse in the notes section. Auditors are welcome for a $50 donation to the David Foster Injured Riders Fund, which is supporting Irish team rider Jonty Evans.  [More Information]

November 18: Turkey Trot at the Horse Park of New Jersey
The Horse Park of NJ hosts a Turkey Trot with both a short course and a long course of approximately 5-7 miles. It utilizes both the Horse Park and neighboring Assupink Wildlife Management Area. Details to be posted at horseparkofnewjersey.com in October.

Area III

October 6: Hunter Pace at Southern 8ths Farm, Chesterfield, SC
Join us for the third annual Heart of the Carolinas Hunter Pace! Bring your friends and ride for up to two hours on our beautiful, groomed trails. All jumps optional. HILLTOP: 220 meters/minute; ROCK & ROLL: 300 meters/minute; $40 per rider – REGISTER UPON ARRIVAL. Visit http://www.so8ths.com/activities-calendar/ for more information.

October 6-7: Holly Hudspeth Eventing Clinic at Southern 8ths Farm, Chesterfield, SC
Holly Hepp Hudspeth is a four-star event rider and Level IV ICP Certified Instructor based at Equiventure Farm in Rougemont, NC. She represented the USA at the 2003 Pan American Games and was short listed for both the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2010 World Equestrian Games. She has produced many horses and riders through the top levels including coaching the Area VIII Young Riders team from 2003-2010. Don’t miss this opportunity to school the private courses at Southern 8ths Farm. All levels through Preliminary welcome. Choice of cross country lessons one or both days! Meals are included in the cost of the clinic! Visit http://www.so8ths.com/activities-calendar/ for more information and to register.

Area IV

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Area VII

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September 29: Last Frontier Farm’s JUMP!
This annual show, hosted by Sharon White and her Last Frontier Farm, is always so much fun! All JUMP! courses are a combination of stadium-style and cross-country jumps designed to be ridden at appropriate division level speeds. The day will start with Elementary and move up to Preliminary in order to facilitate riding at multiple levels and allow the option to practice moving up. Riders are encouraged to enter multiple divisions, based on ability. A lead horse will be available! Sharon will be on hand throughout the day to provide course walks at the start of each division, and to discuss best practices for both cross-country and stadium jumping. Riders may choose to repeat any regular round on the same horse by entering for a Repeat Round of any division. You must ride a regular, first round first before riding a repeat round, and the repeat round must be on the same horse. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

October 5-7: Mary Wanless Ride with Your Mind Clinic at Dancing Horse Farm in Lebanon, OH
Mary’s “Ride With Your Mind” approach is a tremendous advance in teaching and learning. It shows any rider how to organize her mind and body in the same way as the riders we call ‘talented’. This enables each person to learn the same feels and to achieve the same results. The techniques used are very streamlined. By increasing the rider’s body awareness and using images which help her understand both what to do and how to do it, incredible improvements can be obtained in a very short time, defying traditional expectations. [Register on Event Clinics]

October 13: Ends Meet Equestrian Fall Mini Trial
Ends Meet Equestrian in Dayton, Ohio is offering a Mini Trial, Combined Test, and Dressage show this fall on October 13th. This is a part of the MVEA Mini Trial series and points will go towards year end awards. We will be offering newly designed courses, new fences and well maintained footing. Course height will follow USEA rules and only half will be set at max height per MVEA rules. Expect to see water, banks, and ditches as well as show quality show jumps. [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

October 27-28: Octoberfest Horse Trials, Combined Test, and Dressage Show
The Octoberfest Horse Trials, Combined Test & Dressage Show at the Kentucky Horse Park will have starter through novice divisions; CT will have starter through intermediate divisions; dressage will have USDF and WDAA (western divisions). This fall event is very beneficial in the training process for green to advanced horses and riders. A trade fair will also be taking place on the grounds in conjunction with this event. This is geared as an entry level competition or a good place to move up — and a fun time for all! [Register on Blue Horse Entries]

November 2-4: Olivia LaGoy-Weltz Clinic:
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist. As of Aug 2018, #31 in the FEI World Dressage Rankings; US Equestrian Team Reserve Rider for the 2018 World Equestrian Games; 2018 US Nation’s Cup Team Rider; Champion of multiple CDI 3*/5* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Specials at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington FL in 2018; 2015 Small Tour Alternate for USA Pan Am Team, spent the summer of 2017 in Europe as part of the US Nations Cup Team competing in Rotterdam and Aachen, helping the team secure a second place finish. [Register on Event Clinics]

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Want to see your lesson, clinic or schooling show listed here? Email [email protected].