MDHT Cross Derby

EN would like to thank Kimberley Beldam for sending us this report of the Maryland Horse Trials cross-country derby.  Derby-style competitions are a great way to get back in the swing of things early in the season, and are so much fun!  Thank you Kimberley for the write-up and photos, and thanks for reading.

Levels through Training were represented at the Cross Derby

From Kimberley:

What do you get when you combine the technicality of stadium fences, the boldness of cross country obstacles and the amazing facility at The Maryland Horse Trials?  The Maryland Horse Trials Cross Derby!


Carolyn and her intrepid crew put on a fun filled two days of show jumping and cross country questions weaving their way through their three all weather footing arenas.  Saturday, March 17, began veiled thick in fog, but that didn’t dampen or slow down the enthusiasm of the competitors one bit.  Intro through BN levels showed on Saturday, with Sunday ramping it up for BN through Training.  This was the first time a Cross Derby was held at MDHTs and the team at MDHT handled the new event in the professional manner we’re all accustomed to. 




The event was very spectator friendly, with the three rings being in close proximity, and the crowd and competitors alike rallied through the fog to cheer on their friends and fellow competitors


The crew at MDHT will be offering a fall/winter series of Cross Derby this year.  It’s a great chance to expose new riders and horses to the sport of eventing in a low stress, fun environment, or an opportunity to expose your horse to the next level.  Either way it made for a fun filled day! 




Canadian dressage rider Kimberley Beldam and her 5 year old Cheval Canadien gelding “Showtyme” thunder through the early morning fog to a 2ndplace finish, showing that dressage riders can indeed jump (if the fences are tiny and no one but the jump judge can see you)  

(photo credit: Christine Ganassa)



Christine Ganassa and Best Revenge a 17 year old OTTB gelding rocking it out TB style at BN  

(photo credit: Mike Smallwood)



Glenda Player and Irish Draught/Sport Horse stallion PL Diamond Hill at Novice 

(photo credit: Mike Smallwood)



Full results will be available on MDHTs website  Keep a look out for their fall/winter Cross Derby events!



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