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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.

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

Thursday, November 20

  • Aledo Ladycats 9 & JV at Weatherford Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Brock Showcase

Monday, November 24

  • Aledo Bearcats at Saginaw, B 3:00 p.m., A 6:00 p.m., JV 4:30 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Timbercreek at Aledo High School, B 1:30 p.m., A 12:00 p.m., JV 1:30 p.m., and Varsity 3:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Birdville at Aledo High School, Freshmen 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Birdville, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Springtown, Freshmen 5:30 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Freshmen and JV at Mineral Wells Invitational

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Weatherford New Car Dealers Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fort Worth Cowtown Classic

Tuesday, December 9

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville at Aledo High School, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Thursday, December 11

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Decatur Tournament

Monday, December 15

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Southwest at Aledo High School, B 5 p.m., A 5 p.m. and JV 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at Aledo High School, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

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