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Free Horse Trials set Sept. 24-26

September 8, 2010 by Randy Keck

Special to The Community News: Spencer Pevahouse of Little Rock, Ark rides seven year-old Quarterhorse Kate Spade through the novice water obstacle.Special to The Community News: Spencer Pevahouse of Little Rock, Ark rides seven year-old Quarterhorse Kate Spade through the novice water obstacle.

More than 200 riders are expected in Weatherford Sept. 24-26 for the annual Greenwood Horse Trials. This autumn’s trials will feature the Chronicle of the Horse Central United States Adult Team Challenge. The Chronicle is a weekly magazine published in Middleburg, Virginia which covers all internationally recognized horse shows in the U.S. and abroad. Teams of four riders will compete for perpetual trophies permanently displayed at the Chronicle offices. More than 200 riders and horses will arrive in Weatherford for the Horse Trials.

In this horse triathlon known as “Three Day Eventing” or simply “Horse Trials,” a winning score takes plenty of practice and dedication. Entry-level jumps start at an inviting two feet. As each horse and rider team gains experience, they progress to increasingly intricate dressage tests requiring higher levels of training. The stadium jumping courses get higher, faster, and more demanding. The cross-country jumping courses, the special portion of this equestrian sport, become longer, and require even more rapid daring. The highest level of Greenwood’s six horse trial courses is Intermediate and is almost two miles long. It consists of jumps averaging four feet high, up to seven feet wide and includes hefty banks, steep drops, and water obstacles.

The event, presented by Charlie Gilchrist’s SouthWest Ford, is open to spectators free of charge. The Horse Trials are located at 2390 Greenwood Road in Weatherford. Food, tack, and specialty vendors will be on grounds.

For more information, visit www.greenwoodfarmonline.com or call organizer Christie Tull at 817-599-8159.

Horse Trials Tentative Schedule

Friday, Sept. 24
2-5 p.m. - dressage
Saturday, Sept. 25
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. - dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country jumping
Sunday, Sept. 26
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - stadium jumping and cross-country jumping

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, September 16

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Mansfield Varsity Invitational, Glen Gardens, 8:00 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Crowley at Aledo, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Mineral Wells JH at Aledo MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Mineral Wells JH, MWHS Ram Stadium;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Everman;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

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