What’s Happening This Spring? [Updated 3/31]

Lisa Hickey thanking Irish Olympic eventer Joseph Murphy after riding in his Ocala clinic at Horsepower Equestrian. Photo by Jenni Autry.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the spring. 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 VII | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

April 22: Ride-Critique-Ride Clinic with Ann Marie Gregoire
This clinic is a great opportunity to polish up your tests for the 2018 season. USEF dressage tests from Intro through 4th level will be offered in addition to the new 2018 USEA Beginner Novice through Preliminary eventing tests. The format of the clinic will allow riders to perform their test  of choice twice, receiving constructive feedback from Ann Marie after the first ride. They will be given a scored sheet for their second ride, and prizes will be awarded for the lowest scoring percentages of the day. Both standard and small dressage rings (depending on test ) will be offered indoors on world class GGT footing. Please RSVP early to reserve your spot! Reduced entry fees and FREE auditing for CDCTA Members and Shallowbrook Boarders. Entry forms available at our websites: www.shallowbrook.com  & www.cdctaonline.com

April 22: Combined Test with Cross Country Schooling
Combined Test with Cross Country Schooling at Valinor Farm, Plymouth MA. The Area 1 Eventing Season is here! Get ready! Portables are out, the water jump is ready and there will be plenty of schooling opportunities for Prelim – Elementary levels. Check out the new fields that we’ve opened for our cross country course (will be ready for our June sanctioned). Combined test divisions for Prelim – X-rails.  Dressage and unjudged stadium rounds available. Stadium will be held in our outdoor ring with all weather footing. Low key – friendly outing to get your season rolling. Easy on line registration and payment options available on our website www.valinorfarm.com

May 20: Hitching Post Farm Schooling Trial
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

Area II


May 5-6: Stephie Baer Clinic at Chapel Springs Farm in Free Union, Virginia
Show Jumping Saturday, Cross Country Sunday at Chapel Springs Farm. All levels welcome. Riders will be grouped according to level of experience. Auditors welcome! Lunch will be provided both days. Groups will fill in order of checks received. Cost is $100 per day. Times will be emailed the Wednesday prior to the clinic. Please email [email protected] or call 617-281-5567 for entry form/more information!

May 15: Cross Country Clinic with Tim Bourke, presented by Area II Adult Riders
We expect to have 5 groups of 4 to 5 riders, riding for 1 ½ hour sessions. Riders will be grouped similarly by experience. Group assignments and times will be available May 11th by email and posted to USEA Area 2 Adult Riders Facebook page. Closing date is May 1. Discounts for Area II Adult Rider, Young Rider and YRAP members. Click for more details and registration information.

May 18: Dressage and Jump Lessons with Stephen Bradley
Wednesday May 18th at Domino Equestrian. Come tune up your jumping for the spring season with Olympian Stephen Bradley! Small groups (2-3 people) ensure plenty of individual attention, and usually last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Private dressage and jump lessons are also available.  An accomplished 3-day Event Rider who is well regarded for his teaching skills, Stephen Bradley is a favorite clinician for both amateurs and professionals alike. Come enjoy food, drinks, and our wonderful new facility, and lesson with one of the best! Auditors always welcome at no charge. Heated viewing room overlooks the 80×200 indoor for great auditing! Registration is available here through Event Clinics.  
June 29-July 1: Clinic with Karen O’Connor
Sandy River Equestrian Center in Axton, Virginia is pleased to offer an outstanding event clinic with Karen O’Connor! Clinic participants should plan to arrive on Friday and be ready to ride on Saturday and Sunday. Lectures will be held at 8AM both days followed by personalized lessons in gymnastics, show jumping and cross country. Breakfast and lunch will be offered daily and dinner will be served on Saturday. Registration is easy! Download and complete the registration form found on our website, www.eqmtc.com, then scan and email it to [email protected] or mail the form to Sandy River Equestrian Center. Participation cost for riders is $550, stabling is $20/night, Auditing is $50 daily (pre-register to receive all meals and swag. Swag will include products from our sponsors and the Equine Management Training Center.

Area III

April 21-22: Karen O’Connor Clinic
Karen O’Connor has ridden in five Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games and two Pan-American Games. To date, six of her horses appear on the top 50 USEA high scoring list. In addition to her many riding accomplishments, Karen is an amazing coach and mentor to multiple Team USA riders. She has served as chef d’equipe for Team Mexico. Karen brings a positive, energetic and knowledgeable approach to every student she teaches. From Novice to Olympians, her insight, experience and incredible teaching style will bring out the best in horse and rider. Hosted by Chime Bell Chase, Aiken, SC. Limited availability. Cost: $375. Stabling Available: $35/night; Auditing: $20/day. Fees will only be refunded if clinic spot can be filled. For registration information please email [email protected]

May 19: Elysian Hills Starter Horse Trial
Elysian Hills fosters an atmosphere of learning and fun allowing you and your horse to gain experience, challenge yourself and have a great time. 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. 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

Area IV

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Area V

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Area VII

May 6: Baywood Pony Club Annual Fundraiser
Come and support Baywood Pony Club during our Annual Fundraiser at Rainbow Meadow Farm! An event derby consists of 2 phases – the dressage phase and the jumping phase. When the DX’s are held at RMF, our courses spread over the entire cross country course and display a level appropriate balance between show jumping questions and cross country questions which build through out the course. If jumping is not for you, you have the option to just do dressage if you would like. The same goes with jumping. You can also choose to do 2 concurrent levels if you would like. The choices are endless so you can create the best experience for both you and your horse. Register on Blue Horse Entries

June 2: Rainbow Meadow Farm Event Derby & DX
A DX consists of 2 phases – the dressage phase and the jumping phase. When the DX’s are held at RMF, our courses spread over the entire cross country course and display a level appropriate balance between show jumping questions and cross country questions which build through out the course. If jumping is not for you, you have the option to just do dressage if you would like. The same goes with jumping. You can also choose to do 2 concurrent levels if you would like. The choices are endless so you can create the best experience for both you and your horse. In addition this year, we will be offering a STEEPCHASE/HUNTER PACE division. The division will be based on jumping clean, but also on your pacing and who is closest to the optimum time. With that said, for this round, there will be speed faults and time penalties, so you will need to practice your pacing. Register on Blue Horse Entries


April 21-22: Jim Wofford Clinic
Timber Run Farm, 5145 Northridge Road, Alexandria, Oh. 43001 Contact: Stephanie Phillips [email protected]

May 12: Sayre School Combined Test & Dressage Show
Sayre School’s 28th annual Combined Test & Dressage Show, at Masterson Station Park. This is an MSEDA & KDA Sanctioned USEA Schooling Show. More information and registration on Blue Horse Entries

May 19: Greater Dayton Mini Trial, Combined Test and Dressage Show
Stillwater and Miami Valley Pony Clubs are hosting the Greater Dayton Mini Trial, Combined Test, and Dressage show, at Twin Towers Horse Park, on May 19th. This is the first show in the Miami Valley Eventing Association Mini Trial Series! Divisions offered: Mini Trial- Green as Grass, Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice; Combined Test- Green as Grass, Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, Training; Dressage tests: Intro – 4th level available. Dressage classes are part of the Dayton Local Show Circuit and will go towards year end awards. Register on Blue Horse Entries

July 4: 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

Area IX

April 28-29: Clinic with Peter Gray
Peter Gray at The Event at Archer Cheyenne Wyoming check the website for ride times, Saturday flat/grid/SJ and Sunday Cross country exercises www.eventatarcher.com. Contact Allison Murphy for auditing information 307-640-9222 or email [email protected]


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