The big goal for Kearsarge Meadows this year is to run our first Dressage Schooling Shows.
This historic farm has been host to many shows over the past decades.   We've even seen photos from the 1970's showing riders going over cross country fences that no longer exist.   But since our arrival in 2005, we've been focussing on making major improvements to the property (new roofs, painting, outdoor arena, sand & rubber footing, pasture renovations, and more).   All this while the goal of hosting shows has been kept quietly simmering on the back burner.
If all goes well, the final big improvement we're making will be completed this spring.   We're putting in a decent sized trailer parking area.   Being able to envision this happening, I'm now sitting down with various calendars to select SHOW DATES!
2009 Schooling Dressage Shows
So far in the plans, we will be offering Intro, Training Level, and First Level classes.   There may be "Gaited Horse" classes and "Stock Horse" classes as well.   No matter what the program looks like, emphasis will be on SCHOOLING and FUN for both horse and rider.
As I sit here looking out the window at the results of yet another impressive snowstorm, I find it hard to imagine that in a few months time, we will be handing out ribbons to riders sporting huge smiles.   What a wonderful vision!