Lisa Borgia: Roebke’s Run Is the New King of the North

We thoroughly enjoy posting reader submissions, and Lisa Borgia's is no different. Roebke's Run has become a landmark Area IV event, and more improvements and additions are forthcoming in the near future. Lisa was kind enough to write in to give us the full scoop. Thanks to Lisa for writing, and thank you for reading. Do you have a story you'd like to share with us? If so, send it to [email protected]

Dressage rings at Schweiss Stables, home of Roebke's Run. Photo courtesy of Roebke's Run. Dressage rings at Schweiss Stables, home of Roebke's Run. Photo courtesy of Roebke's Run.

From Lisa:

Perched on the edge of the prairie, Roebke’s Run Horse Trials is set to become a new King in the North for eventers. This big dream has become reality at Mike, Julie, and Brook Schweiss’ Magister Equitum Stables, which boasts two hundred permanent stalls, competition for CIC* and Intermediate through Starter divisions, and a tough cross country course complete with three water complexes with pirate ships and sea serpents. Amenities include RV hook ups, two sets of permanent wash stalls, a permanent kitchen, and viewing patio. Oh, and one great competitor party with home-cooked food. All of these features have been developed in the last three years.

Lisa Borgia competing at Roebke's Run. Photo by Derith Vogt.

Lisa Borgia competing at Roebke’s Run. Photo by Derith Vogt.

What could possibly be next? Well for the Schweiss family, much more. They have a vision that includes the Adequan Gold Cup and a destination venue. To get there, Roebke’s Run now has a new course designer, Captain Mark Phillips, who starts work in April. Roebke’s Run will host add a CIC2* to their existing competition, to be held July 12 and 13, 2014. This is only the start of things to come. “We are looking to add the CIC3* and Advanced in the near future, possibly the Advanced coming as soon as 2015,” Julie Schweiss said.

One of the water complexes at Roebke's Run. Photo courtesy of Roebke's Run.

One of the water complexes at Roebke’s Run. Photo courtesy of Roebke’s Run.

This is a real boon to Midwest eventers, both the young riders with big goals and the adults who have been waiting for this level of competition to return after the discontinuation of Maui Jim five years ago. If that isn’t enough incentive, Julie told me “we are not in this to make any money-it’s to support the riders. To promote interest in the FEI levels, we are keeping the entry fee the same as what the Intermediate and Preliminary fees are.”

Roebke’s Run has also changed the date of their other horse trials, to be held in September instead of October this year, which is a mixed blessing. The weather in a typical Minnesota October can be beautiful, or it can be 40 degrees and raining, so the move up date is good; however, the Halloween costume contest and hysterical decorations will be sorely missed.

For more information on Roebke’s Run, please visit their website.

Rock on Roebke’s Run, and Go Eventing!


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