Pat Schmidt: Roebke’s Run Horse Trials

Pat Schmidt kindly sent us this write-up from Roebke’s Run Fall Horse Trials in Hector, Minnesota. Roebke’s Run hosted a CIC*, in addition to national horse trials from starter through Preliminary.  [Results]  Many thanks to Pat for writing, and thank you for reading.


Lisa Borgia and Frodo of the Shire, winners of the CIC*. Photo by D&G Photography.


From: Pat


While parts of South Dakota were getting 50 inches of snow dumped on them, the weather at the annual Roebke’s Run October 4-6 horse trials in Hector, Minnesota was fine for the many riders and horses who competed here.

The CIC* cross-country course was in stellar shape and decorated with various Halloween theme jumps, and as usual, the food was awesome and the judges and volunteers who helped put this event on were outstanding.

Lisa Borgia of Minnetrista, Minnesota captured top honors earning her another win on her Thoroughbred horse Frodo of the Shire, affectionately known as Fred. Borgia has been riding since the age of 5 and now has 50 years of experience behind her. She also won the one-star earlier this year at Fox River Valley.

“I really appreciated being able to compete at Roebke’s Run. It’s always such a fantastic course. I’m  so happy they have it in Minnesota,” said Borgia.

Following close behind Lisa Borgia were second place winner, Elena Hengel, also of Minnetrista, on her horse Zipp, and Ann Bower of Hugo, MN on her horse Prospero capturing third place.

Halloween Horse Costume Contest winners were: 1st Place, Ruth Rose; 2nd Place, Laura Holen and 3rd Place Kate McGown.

Borgia said she will be competing at Midsouth Team Challenge CCI* in Lexington, Kentucky next week.

“I’m also looking forward to riding at the Two Star trials at Roebke’s Run next year. We are so lucky to have this here,” added Borgia.

Fred, now 10 years old, is pretty lucky to have Borgia, who has a PHD in Veterinary Medicine as well. He is a retired race horse who was rescue-adopted by Borgia from the Minnesota Animal Rescue Foundation.

Extensive work and challenging new jumps were added over the summer to make the Roebke’s Run cross-country course one of the best in the state. The new clock tower building is now able to stable a total of 228 horses.

Roebke’s Run coordinators, Julie Schweiss and Brook Mead are already making plans for the Roebke’s Run Summer horse trials slated for July 2014.

For more information on Magister Equitum Stables or Roebke’s Run Horse Trials, visit Facebook and their website at or



(Please give photo credit to D&G Photography)



Nancy “Judge Judy” Russell managed to keep Bob Owen in line. Hee, Hee!




The Halloween Contest. Photo by D&G Photography

Winners of the Halloween Horse Costume Contest were, from right to left: 1st Place, Ruth Rose as the Headless Horseman, 2nd Place, Laura Holen as Miss America and 3rd Place, Kate McGown as The Farmer With The Cow.

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