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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

Wednesday, March 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity Orange at Glen Rose Invitational at Squaw Valley Golf Course Links Course.

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, March 12

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Abilene Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Boswell Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Richland Tournament, Times TBA.

Monday, March 16

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Orange at Brock High School Tournament at Canyon West Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats JV vs. Joshua at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Joshua, 6:00 pm. *District Game.

Tuesday, March 17

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Lake Ridge JV Tournament at Mansfield National Golf Course.

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