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Greenwood Horse Trials

September 19, 2011 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Mon Oct 03 2011 .
Thu, 09/29/2011 (All day)
Fri, 09/30/2011 (All day)
Sat, 10/01/2011 (All day)
Sun, 10/02/2011 (All day)

“Want it to rain? Try planning a Horse Trial,” Christie Tull said.

She’s been dodging the autumn weather patterns for the annual September 30 –Oct. 2 horse trials since 1995.

Last year, competitors at the challenging “horse triathlon” event even endured a rare flash flood. The conditions for this fall’s event have only one thing for certain: excitement is guaranteed.

For the first time, 250 competitors from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and western Louisiana will gather at Greenwood Farm in Weatherford for the United States Equestrian Association’s nationally recognized Area V Championships.

The same horse and rider combination will first compete in dressage, where patterns are ridden to highlight the horse’s obedience and correct movements at all gaits. Then the same pair will seek to avoid penalty points by having a clean round of stadium jumping.

During the three-day event, all competitors live and breathe for cross-country jumping, the unique phase of their sport.

Beginners through veterans focus on completing cross-country courses designed for their level of experience by John Williams of North Carolina. He is also designing the Pan American equestrian games course in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Juarez, Spain, among other accomplishments.

“John Williams is the ‘Jack Nicklaus’ of cross-country course design,” Tull said. “Galloping a cross-country course requires a unique blend of precision and speed. We have a great course with miles of safe but challenging obstacles and terrain.”

Spectators are welcome free of charge to the event, located at 2390 Greenwood Rd. in Weatherford. Food and tack vendors will be on grounds.

For more information, email greenwoodfarminc@aol.com, telephone 817-599-8159, or visit the website www.greenwoodfarmonline.com.

Tentative schedule:

Thurs. Sept. 29: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Young Event Horse Tests (at Willow Draw location)

Fri. Sept. 30: 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Dressage

Sat. Oct. 1: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dressage, Stadium Jumping, and Cross-Country Jumping

Sun. Oct. 2: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Stadium Jumping and Cross-Country Jumping

Sports Calendar

Thursday, April 17

  • Aledo Girls Golf will compete in the Region I Tournament at Diamondback GC in Abilene

  • Ladycat Softball vs Arlington Heights; V-7 JV-5:30

Friday, April 18

Tuesday, April 22

Friday, April 25

Tuesday, April 29

  • Aledo Girls Golf will compete in the State Tournament at Onion Creek GC in Austin.

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