​​Pipestave Hill Horse Trials Information

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The Pipestave Hill Horse Trials are held in July and October every year. The Horse Trials are the WNRDC’s major fundraisers for the year. By participating in our Horse Trials you are helping to support one of the few cross country courses open to the public for free. Our beautiful venue is conveniently located to I-95 and I-495 in Northeastern Massachusetts and very convenient for competitors eastern MA, as well as NH and ME. The Pipestave Hill Equestrian Area is a little over an hour from Portland, ME and Concord, NH and under an hour from Nashua NH and Marlborough, MA.

As a non-profit organization, we are committed to keeping our exceptional facility active, continuing to improve the Pipestave Hill Equestrian Recreation Area, maintaining trails in town, and organizing other equestrian-oriented activities. We are both lucky and unique to have both riding rings and a small cross-country course on town-owned land. We also make substantial donations to local equine organizations New England Equine Rescue North (NEER North), Windrush Theraputic Riding, MSPCA Nevins Farm, etc. and West Newbury service organizations: Police, Fire, Library, Emergency Management, Open Space Committee, etc.

What Is The Purpose Of Eventing?

​The purpose of eventing is to test the skills and talents of horses and riders in three different disciplines. Our courses are inviting and friendly and are intended for riders and/or horses entering the world of eventing. We offer lots of fun competition from Pre-Elementary to Modified Novice levels (see all the details below). The Pipestave Hill Horse Trials (PHHT) series is organized and staffed entirely by volunteers.


If you need to scratch for any reason, please contact our Event Secretary via email ([email protected].)

Diagrams and Maps

Each level will be divided by Junior and Senior, if entries warrant. Riders may enter more than one horse. Please see below for shared horse policy. A separate check for each horse and rider team is needed.

These events are qualifiers for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program and Area 1 Schooling Horse Trials Championships.

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Explanation Of Our Divisions

NOTE: Only the first 4 divisions qualify for the Schooling Horse Trials Championships.

Pipestave Hill Horse Trials 3-Phase – Entry Fee: $110



Advanced Elementary

Beginner Novice

Modified Novice (3 phase only)

Novice (2 phase only)

Combined Tests (Dressage and Stadium Jumping only) – Entry Fee: $80

Dressage Only and Western Dressage Only Tests – Entry Fee $30

Dressage Only

​Western Dressage Only

For all Dressage Riders:

Policies & Rules

Horse Sharing Policy

​Discounts and Late Fees

Refund Policy

Scratches received prior to the closing date will be refunded. Credit for a future event will be given for scratches after the closing date. Neither refunds nor credits will be issued for scratches made within 48 hours of the event unless there is a wait list. Sorry, no exceptions. If the event has to be canceled because of weather and/or last minute weather-related footing conditions, there will be a 50% refund. Refunds made will be reduced by the $5 administrative fee.

Cross-Country Fall Rule

If in the first fall of competitor, he/she lands on their feet and remains standing, the rider must get the approval of the Technical Delegate to remount and if so, may continue with a penalty of 65 points. This is similar to the rule that the USEA has instituted and we have decided to add the approval of the TD for remounting for safety reasons at this level.


This means no one else can ride your horse in a warm-up, your friends/family/trainer cannot point the way or talk to you in ANY of the three phases. This is your day…show us what YOU can do! Remember to remind your family, friends and trainer before you ride NOT to talk to you when you are being judged. Don’t let them disqualify you! Unfortunately, YOU lose (elimination) if a family member or trainer breaks the rules!!

Volunteer Entry $10 Discount Cards

Save at any WNRDC event by volunteering at any activity! You do not have to be a member to qualify. Learn more about volunteering.

Drinking water is on site at all times for horses.