The Pipestave Horse Trials are low-level unrated combined training events with all three phases Dressage, Cross-country and Stadium Jumping all taking place in one day.
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.
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.
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.
We also offer:
DESCRIPTIONS OF DIVISIONS OFFERED, ENTRY DATES & DEADLINES
If you need to scratch for any reason, please contact the temporary Event Secretary, Kathy Feehery, by e-mail ([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.
NOTE: Only the first 4 divisions qualify for the Schooling Horse Trials Championships.
Pre-Elementary (same as our former Grasshopper)
Elementary (like our old Elementary, except now a WTC dressage test instead of WT)
Advanced Elementary (like our old Modified Beginner Novice, except jump height max is 2’3” instead of 2’0”, and will be a slightly different XC course than Elementary)
Beginner Novice (like our old Beginner Novice, except using USEA BN Test B instead of A)
Modified Novice (no difference – not part of Schooling Horse Trials Championships):
Novice (Combined Test ONLY no 3-Phase, please see below)
Western Dressage Only
For all Dressage Riders:
This feature enables riders with green horses or instructors with inexperienced riders the opportunity to experience the competition environment without the added challenge of actually competing. An entry form must be submitted in advance (good practice in filling out the forms!) with a Coggins, and then the horse and rider will be permitted on the grounds during the Horse Trial. The Schooling Only option entitles a rider to use the warm-up areas to school on the flat or to practice a few warm-up jumps but riders may not enter any competition rings or courses. Schooling Only riders will need to check in with the Show Secretary and will receive a pinny to wear for identification.
ALL HORSES ON THE SHOW GROUNDS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE SHOW SECRETARY IN ADVANCE, ALONG WITH SUBMISSION OF A NEGATIVE COGGINS.
ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR THEIR NUMBER PINNIES WHEN MOUNTED.
Horse Sharing Policy
Discounts and Late Fees
Refund Policy (Please see COVID-19 policy for July 2020 2-Phase)
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 through PayPal will be less the PayPal 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.
REMINDER TO ALL RIDERS – NO UNAUTHORIZED ASSISTANCE!!
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!!
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.