Pam Bennett-Skinner: Area X Season Ends With Las Cruces

Pam Bennett-Skinner sent in an event report and photos from Las Cruces Horse Trials in New Mexico, the final event of the year in Area X. Many thanks to Pam! Have a report from an event or something you’d like to share with EN? Send it to [email protected].

Mesilla Valley — home of Las Cruces Horse Trials. Photo by Pam Bennett-Skinner.

From Pam:

Las Cruces Horse Trial is the last event of the year in Area X, the Area X Championships and also the USPC Southwest Region Eventing Rally. It’s hard to write something witty and interesting the day after riding out of the start box at 1:06 p.m. and opening your gate at 11:06 p.m. after an eight-hour drive.

Las Cruces sits in the Mesilla Valley of southern New Mexico, the Rio Grande providing water for agriculture. The Horse Trial sits outside the city in the desert on a historic ranch.

As seems to happen any time I’m at an event in the desert that there is a good amount of wind and dust. There were also goat heads, an evil seed with thorns on it that will bring a shriek whenever stepped on by bare feet after you’ve tracked them into your trailer. And you will track them into your trailer.

The event was full, to the point that the Pony Club rally had to give up their feed stalls to house horses.

Go Las Cruces!

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