Location: The Highlands at Loch May Farm,
Adamstown, Maryland, Frederick County, USA.
What is Eventing? - Eventing is a combination of athletic challenges that puts the all-around ability of both horse and rider to test. The competitions are called Horse Trials, Three Day Events, or Events. Today's Eventing has evolved from a series of difficult tests military units used to pick the best mounts. There are three phases; dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping - the penalty scores are combined for the final result with the lowest score winning.
DRESSAGE - Dressage demonstrates the relaxation, suppleness and obedience of the horse, using a series of pre-determined movements. Individual movements of the test and the overall performance are evaluated.
CROSS COUNTRY - The cross-country course uses of banks, ditches, water jumps as well as more straightforward solid fences in natural terrain to test the jumping ability and courage of the horse and rider. Refusals, run outs and falls (of horse and/or rider) count as jumping faults. Faults are also given for exceeding the optimum time allowed.
STADIUM JUMPING- The stadium-jumping phase is meant to show that a fit and bold horse has the obedience necessary to negotiate a course of show jumps. Performance is evaluated on jumping faults as well as time taken as in cross-country.
COMPETITION LEVELS - The levels of national competition that are recognized are listed in descending order of difficulty: Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, Training, Novice and Beginner Novice.
There are three also levels of international competition, the Three Day Events, which are CCI****, CCI*** (Advanced Three Day), CCI** (Intermediate Three Day), and CCI* (Preliminary Three Day).
Also see: http://themarylandhorsetrials.com
Click Here for photos from the first event held July 15, 2006!
Click Here for a video from the 2006 event!
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Maryland Horse Trials Video - July 21, 2007:
To purchase DVD videos from the event visit: http://EquiVu.com
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