2014 MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs

The MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs are fast approaching!
May 3-4, 2014
Entries are now open!!

Rolex Fundraiser- Schooling Jumper Show

daniel clasingkate chaddertonRolex Fundraiser- Schooling Jumper Show

Wednesday, April 16th at 3 pm at An Otherwise Perfect Farm in Upperco, MD



Featuring a BBQ with wine and beer
Relaxed Atmosphere and Attire

Join us for a fun evening and support two of Maryland's top Event riders as they aim for Rolex Kentucky. High quality courses in AOPF's beautiful rings, designed by Dan and Kate. Come to ride, or just to watch, eat, drink and enjoy!
They are headed for Rolex Kentucky CCI**** at the end of April with his horse Houston and her Collection Pass. Rolex is the premier 3-day event in the US. For more information please visit External link
Learn more about Dan at External link and Kate at External link.

20$ a class or $50 a division
2 pm Registration, 3 pm Start Time

****We will run the highest division at 3’3 at 3 pm. We do not expect this division to be large, or to run later than 3:30. We will then begin at Elementary height and go up from there.*****

A. Training- 3'3
1. Time First
2. Power and Speed
3. Gambler's Choice


B. Elementary 2’

4. Time First 
5. Power and Speed
6. Gamblers Choice

C. Beginner Novice- 2'7
7. Time First 
8. Power and Speed
9. Gambler's Choice

D. Novice 3’
10. Time First
11. Power and Speed
12. Gambler's Choice

Thoroughbred Prizes offered for highest placed TB in each division, beautiful ribbons and sponsored prizes from Bit of Britain, Stubben North America, Thinline, Pierre Renard Embroidery, Cavalor, and more! *15$ facility fee per horse*

Show Address: 3637 Blackrock Rd. Upperco, MD 21155. External link
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Sad Passing

Mark Page

It is with great sadness that we post this announcement. 

Mark Page, the husband of Sue Page our Secretary and long time volunteer, has passed away. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sue and her family.   Notice External link




2014 Hunter Pace Circuit

Attention all winter-weary eventers!  Have you considered using one of the many hunter paces taking place in Maryland this spring as a fun, safe, and affordable way to get yourself, some friends, and your horses out and across the country for a bit of a tune-up?  Although organized by hunt clubs, you do NOT have to have ever fox hunted to participate!  Just form a team with at least one other rider, choose to jump high, low, or not at all, and set off together on a prescribed course over typical fox hunting country.  You can go at your own pace or, to be competitive, go for either fastest or optimum time.  (Unlike eventing, optimum time is set by a field master to simulate riding to working hounds and isn’t revealed until the last team finishes.)  Hunter paces are great for green horses who might benefit from a lead and green riders who might like having a more experienced person right there with them.  And with an entry fee of $20 per horse, you sure can’t beat the price!  Click here to view the rules and classes.

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Think Spring!

THE MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs will be here before you know it.

Again this year, our USEA Recognized Event will be held on the first weekend in May – May 3rd and 4th.  All levels from BN to Advanced will be offered.

Exciting Announcement!
mctaHT Hulsebos

is donating a
Jump Saddle
to be given as a prize at MCTA Horse Trials.


Attention Eventers!!!

Considering that all the dressage winner has to do to win the event is to jump clean while the most perfect jumping still won’t win with a poor dressage score, you might well want to take advantage of the this Nutrena/USDF Adult clinic being hosted by one of our local dressage organizations, PVDA.  Dressage legend Hilda Gurney is a GREAT teacher as well as a former eventer—in fact, she supported herself and her amazing OTTB Keen in their eventing years and then on their journey to Olympic level Grand Prix dressage as a special education teacher in California.  For more information about either riding or (highly recommended!) auditing, contact Jocelyn Pearson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-771-3231.  Riding applications are due February 15, those for auditing on March 28.

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Maryland Regulations on Transporting Horses

Source: University of Maryland Extension

If you are hauling horses, you may be subject to licensing and vehicle registration regulations beyond those required for operating a passenger car. If your horse enterprise involves any exchange of money, or if your vehicle or combination is over a certain size, you may be required to obtain a United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) number, a Motor Carrier (MC) number, and/or a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

This publication outlines the state and federal regulations that may apply if you live in Maryland and/or operate vehicles that are tagged with Maryland license plates. This material is a guide to assist you in understanding the regulations but should not be quoted as law. There may be other requirements that apply to your specific situation that are not discussed in this publication.

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