Be sure to visit our events calendar to see a complete list of all shows. Click on a particular show you wish to see more information and/or to register for the event.
Our schooling shows are, first and foremost, fun and educational. But who doesn’t love a prize or a ribbon? We place through 8th place at all our shows. At our schooling shows, we have prizes for the First Place winner of each division. We divide divisions by Junior and Senior. At our recognized show in September, we offer prizes for First, Second, and Third place – as well as ribbons through 8th place.
We offer one special Pony Club Youth prize and one Pony Club Horsemasters prize at each of our shows. In 2017 the Pony Club Youth prize will be sponsored by the Norfolk Hunt Pony Club and will recognize the best scoring member of the United States Pony Clubs who competed in the show. If you are a member of Pony Club, be sure to check the box on the entry form to be considered for this award. If you are not a member, become one today by following the links in the lines above.
We have defined our schooling levels below – so you know what to expect when you come to one of our schooling horse trials.
We offer beginner novice, novice, training, and preliminary levels at Course Brook Farm. Click on the links below and view our slideshows of what you can expect here at Course Brook Farm. (To enlarge the images, click on any image and the lightbox will pop-up for your viewing pleasure.)
We have some fixed features and many portable jumps, allowing us to vary our courses show to show. During schooling periods we try to have jumps available at each level, Pre-Elementary through Preliminary, out in our fields. Some of the jumps shown in the Beginner Novice slideshow are used in Advanced Elementary.
Our Schooling Horse Trials have become very popular with most of our competitors competing at all our shows. We will be awarding a Champion and Reserve Champion for each division, Pre-Elementary through Training, Junior and Senior.
Competitors must participate in at least two of our three Schooling Horse Trials to qualify. A rider’s two best scores will be added together to determine standings. New for 2018 – in order to qualify for year-end awards, you must volunteer at one of our events for a minimum of 2 hours. See volunteer page to sign up.
Janet Mitchell Award
In honor of longtime boarder and friend of Course Brook Farm, this award recognizes the best scoring Preliminary Level rider. This prize includes a commemorative platter, the winner’s name on a perpetual plaque at Course Brook Farm and a $150.00 cash prize.
Janet was one of a group of boarders who, many years ago, initiated the concept of eventing at Course Brook Farm when they literally took to the woods and began clearing trails and making a path that would one day become our cross country course. Janet and her husband Jerry were there from the start. They volunteered at our very first recognized horse trials and could often be seen ringside as show jump timers unless Janet was competing in which case Jerry was her able groom.
Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. Comprised of three phases, the sport tests a rider’s skill more completely than any other.
Dressage, the first phase, shows the horse’s and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. The second phase, cross-country involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. In the final phase of show jumping, horse and rider jump a series of stadium fences in an enclosed arena.
The rider accumulates penalty points in each phase based on varying factors and the rider with the lowest amount of points at the end of the three phases takes home top honors. The sport evolved from a military contest to an Olympic competition. It is an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.
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