Sundance Farm hosting horse trial July 13


The course being developed for the trial consists of several obstacles and jumps. - Submitted photos The course being developed for the trial consists of several obstacles and jumps. - Submitted photos If you’d love to spend some time in the countryside watching galloping horses maneuver a cross country jumping course, you need to clear your calendar for July13th.

For the first time, ever, Plymouth will be the host site of a horse trial, the triathlon of the horse world. On Saturday, the 13th, horses from around Wisconsin and Illinois will be competing in the first phase, dressage, starting at 10:00am. Horses and riders will be riding specific maneuvers to demonstrate their abilities in control, suppleness and communication.

Shortly after dressage, competitors will be maneuvering through stadium jumping on the farm grounds at 11:00, followed closely by the cross country course. Stadium jumping is a brightly colored course of jumps that can easily be knocked down, testing the horse’s carefulness and obedience. The course can involved sharper turns, wide jumps and tall skinny ones. Causing just one jump pole to fall down can mean a competitors placing dropping from first place to 9th in one easy step.


Horses from Wisconsin and Illinois will be competing in Plymouth's first ever horse trial on July 13. - Submitted photos Horses from Wisconsin and Illinois will be competing in Plymouth's first ever horse trial on July 13. - Submitted photos Early that morning, riders will have walked the challenging cross country course at Sundance Farm. The horses are not permitted to see the course until they are galloping around it, so riders must assess all obstacles and terrain beforehand so they can pilot their horse safely through it, within the specific optimum time allowed. Penalties are incurred for exceeding the time, refusing a fence, or going off course. The obstacles for cross country include things like banks, that the horses must jump down or up, a water obstacle, and ditches. Other obstacles are mini log cabins, cord wood piles, log piles, a wedge, fallen trees, benches, and many more. This course will be testing the bravery, endurance, and skill of the horse and rider.

“We have built numerous jumps that replicate everyday items in Sheboygan County and are quite excited to see how the competitors handle the wheelbarrow jumps and the Swiss Cheese Wedge” wrote Kelly Mahloch, organizer and owner of Sundance Farm. “This is the most popular phase of the horse trial. Horses and riders will be decked out in matching colors and are a real treat to watch galloping the course”

This year’s Horse Trial is a practice run for 2014 when Sundance Farm will be hosting a nationally approved Horse Trial, which will draw competitors from throughout the Midwest. “We’d like to make it an annual event and hope to get community support for this exciting venue”

Anyone interested in watching the horse trial is welcome to arrive early and see it before the horses are on course. That way you can decide which jumps you would like to watch.

To get to the course come to W6224 Woodland Road, Plymouth.

There will be a show office with information about the event as you come onto the grounds. Activities are expected to be finished by 12:30.


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