Horse Happenings

Equestrian Events, February 2018 onward

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Horseback riding opportunities for novice and experianced riders, including lessons and single "intro rides," are offered at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave. Basking Ridge. Credits: Courtesy of Rich Reitman
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Dates listed for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, send dates to lshupe@tapinto.net

Feb. 3 — Alexandria Eq. Assoc. Dressage Schooling , Alexandria Park http://www.aeanj.com/

Feb. 3 — Open Dressage Schooling Series, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J. ESDCTA and ECRDA recognized, eclark8968@gmail.com, enter online at www.horseshowoffice.com

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Feb. 3 4 — Penn State Horse Show Judges and Show Managers School, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pa..Registration closes Jan. 19, https://extension.psu.edu/horse show judges school

Feb. 11 — Horse Management Seminar, Rutgers Equine Science Center, New Brunswick, N.J., http://esc.rutgers.edu/

Feb. 11 — Eventing Clinic with Sally Cousins, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J., spectators free admission, rider participants, e mail jane@pleasanthollow.com, with name, address, level of horse, cell number, and any pertinent information to help assign to appropriate group, http://horseparkofnewjersey.com

Feb. 17 — First day of Horse Care Workshop 102, Completion of Horse Care Workshop 101 is a prerequisite for this class. Students will explore more advanced topics such as nutrition, clipping, bandaging, and basic conformation. The workshops are offered on five consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to Noon beginning Saturday, Feb. 17, The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non residents. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class. This workshop does not include riding. Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, N.J., 908 766 5955, www.somersetcountyparks.org

Feb. 17 — Horse Care Workshop 103, Participation in the Horse Care Workshop 102 is a co or prerequisite for this class. Students will explore more advanced topics to increase their awareness of equine behavior. The workshops are offered on five consecutive Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non residents. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class. This workshop does not include riding.

Feb. 17 — Barrel Racing, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J., http://horseparkofnewjersey.com, 908 963 1989

Feb. 18 — Open Dressage Schooling Series, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J. ESDCTA and ECRDA recognized, eclark8968@gmail.com, enter online at www.horseshowoffice.com

Feb. 24 — Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) show, Centenary College Equestrian Center, Long Valley, N.J., www.centenaryuniversity.edu/about centenary/locations maps directions/equestrian center/

Feb. 24 — IEA Regional Finals, Horse Park of New Jersey, www.horseparkofnewjersey.com

March 3 — Alexandria Eq. Assoc. Dressage Schooling , Alexandria Park http://www.aeanj.com/

March 11 — Dressage, opportunity for the experienced or green horse and rider to perform a Dressage Test in a fun, no pressure environment. The show is hosted by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, 11 divisions will be separated into two sections – one includes those riders with privately owned horses and the other includes Lord Stirling Stable students on school horses. Divisions include USDF Intro Level, Test 1 (walk/trot), Training Level Tests 1 through 4, First Level Tests 1 through 4, and two “Test of divisions. Quadrille, freestyle, and musical kur entries are also welcome. Please visit www.flssnj.org for further information, Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, N.J., 908 766 5955, www.somersetcountyparks.org

March 17 — Open Dressage Schooling Series, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J. ESDCTA and ECRDA recognized, eclark8968@gmail.com, enter online at www.horseshowoffice.com

March 18 — Bit O Woods Farm Dressage, and Clear Round, Bit O Woods Farm http://www.bitowoods.com/

March 18 — Eventing Clinic with Sally Cousins, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J., spectators free admission, rider participants, e mail jane@pleasanthollow.com, with name, address, level of horse, cell number, and any pertinent information to help assign to appropriate group, http://horseparkofnewjersey.com

March 26 — First day of Spring lessons session, English Saddle Balanced Seat riding lessons are offered at beginner through advanced jumping levels for juniors and adults. Trail, specialty, and flat (non jumping) classes are also offered. Online and walk in registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on March 10. Lessons begin on Monday, March 26, and meet one hour per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Junior riders must be a minimum age of 9 at time of registration. Riders must be under 225 pounds for flat classes and under 200 pounds for classes over fences. Participants must have a current Lord Stirling Stable classification card as proof of their riding level; experienced English saddle riders who do not have a Lord Stirling Stable classification card should make an appointment to be tested prior to registration. Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, N.J., 908 766 5955, www.somersetcountyparks.org

March 31 — Day one of Horse Care Workshop 101, The horse care workshops offer people a chance to gain experience and confidence around horses. Participants learn the proper way to groom and tack up a horse. The parts of the horse, saddle, and bridle are discussed. Students learn the different colors and breeds of horses, as well as the important role the farrier and veterinarian play in a horse’s life.The workshops are offered on five consecutive Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Saturday, March 31. The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non residents. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class, space permitting. This workshop does not include riding.

April 7 — Alexandria Eq. Assoc. Dressage Schooling , Alexandria Park http://www.aeanj.com/

April 7 — Saddlebrook Ridge Dressage, Western Dressage, Combined Test, and Clear Round, Saddlebrook Ridge Equestrian Center http://saddlebrookridge.com/indexa.htm

April 7 — Current Issues in Equine Health Conference, Best Western Conference Center, Bethlehem, Pa., For more information and to receive a brochure, contact Donna Foulk dlf5@psu.edu or call Northampton Extension Office 610 813 6617

April 7 — Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) show, Centenary College Equestrian Center, Long Valley, N.J., www.centenaryuniversity.edu/about centenary/locations maps directions/equestrian center/

April 8 — Fun Trail Ride or Drive, Hosted by, Mid Atlantic Regional Search & Rescue, (Rain or Shine) Trail Riders: First Rider Starts at 9 am and Last Rider goes out at 11 a.m. Carriage Drivers: First Diver Starts at 11:30 a.m. and Last Driver goes out at 1:30 p.m. Atlantic County Park, Estell Manor, Entry Fee: $25 or Pre Registration Fee: $20 (Due by April 2) 3 Divisions: 18 Years & Under Riders, Adult Riders, and Open Carriage Drivers Prize for Best Poker Hand per Division, ASTM/SEI Helmet Required for 18 and Under, Bring Water for Your Horse. Have fun trying our obstacle challenges. Leave only Hoof prints, 609 646 8293 or boddyca@comcast.net

April 8: Open Schooling Dressage Show at USET, Gladstone, N.J . Fund Raiser for the NJ Region Pony Club, ESDCTA registered and ECRDA recognized, www.njregionponyclub.org/

April 15 — Suddenly Farm Dressage Schooling, Suddenly Farm http://www.suddenlyfarm.com/

April 15 — Spring Nature Trail Ride, The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host a Spring Nature Ride on the trails of Lord Stirling Stable beginning at 8 a.m. People with little or no riding experience are welcome on the one hour guided trail ride. Experienced English saddle riders may also enjoy this leisurely ride along the 18 miles of trails with their non rider friends. Junior riders (9 years of age and above if not currently enrolled at LSS) may participate if accompanied by an adult. Participants are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Certified ASTM/SEI equestrian helmets and hard soled boots or shoes with a well defined heel are required and may be borrowed from Stable office. Pre registration is required. Forms and fee information are available online at www.flss.org and in the Stable office, Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, N.J., 908 766 5955, www.somersetcountyparks.org

April 22 — Dressage Experience USDF Dressage Show, Burlington County Fairgrounds http://www.transitions4hclub.com

April 22 — Private Horse Hunter Pace, Lord Stirling Stable invites riders and their horses to participate in the Private Horse Hunter Pace. The goal of a Hunter Pace is to ride a marked course in teams of two or three riders. Ribbons are awarded to the 6 teams in each division that finish the course closest to the “ideal time” set by the Pace Team. The distance is approximately 6 8 miles with 30 to 40 fences. The jumps along the well marked trail vary in height up to three feet with ample room to go around. Participants may register between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Divisions are offered in Open, Family, Junior, Senior, and Hilltopper. All riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved equestrian helmet. Western riders are welcome. This event is co sponsored by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and SCPC Lord Stirling Stable, Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, N.J., 908 766 5955, www.somersetcountyparks.org

April 28 — Orange Co. Dressage Assoc Dressage Schooling, Thomas Bull Memorial Park http://www.orangecountynyparks.com

April 28-29 — The Garden State Preview , C-Rated, Augusta, N.J. www.gardenstatehorseshow.org/

April 29 — Jersey Palms Dressage Schooling, Jersey Palms Farm http://www.jerseypalmsfarm.com/

May 2-6 —Garden State Horse Show, AA-Rated, Augusta, N.J. www.gardenstatehorseshow.org/

May 5 6D4K TEAM Program Clinic, Willowbrook Farms, Northampton, Pa.

May 11 13 — Competitive Trail, NJ100, https://www.njtrailride.org/

May 26 27 — D4K TEAM Program Clinic, Willowbrook Farms, Northampton, Pa., http://dressage4kids.org/news events/event calendar.html

May 3 6, 2018 — IHSA National Championships, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa. http://www.ihsainc.com/

June 9 — The Hunterdon Polo Classic, Pittstown, N.J., tailgating, classic cars, Tewksbury Foot Bassets and Essex Fox Hound demonstrations. Gates open at noon, pre-match festivities start at 1 p.m., polo match starts at 2 p.m..www.hunterdonpolo.org, 908-713-POLO (7656).

June 23 24: Essex Horse Trials, Far Hills, N.J., http://www.essexhorsetrials.org/

July 14: Polo, The Victory Cup Farm Bash, Patterson N.Y.

Sept. 15 — Polo, Victory Cup Fall Classic, Governor’s Island, N.Y.

Oct. 6 — Competitive Trail, Mustang Memorial, https://www.njtrailride.org/

Oct. 27 28 — Competitive Trail, Jersey Devil, https://www.njtrailride.org/:

Schedule of equestrian events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

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