Building The Horse Trials

While activity is year-round, the true evidence that the Red Hills International Horse Trials will soon be underway is when the stabling tents arrive.

In addition to the main stabling area shown in the picture above,  a smaller stable is erected for the Leon County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse which participates as part of the event’s security force.  The maximum overnight …

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Appropriate Attire Required

Whatever your favorite sport might be, it has rules that are for the protection and welfare of its participants. It could be mats at a gymnastics meet, shin guards worn by goalies or shoulder pads for football players but, no matter the sport, the potential for injury is always a concern. The safety rules and equipment required at Red Hills …

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New in 2016!

Community Day is Thursday, March 10.  Area schools can arrange student field trips to Elinor Klapp-Phipps park where students can learn equine science and the sport of eventing, forestry and water management, or a number of other topics that can be tailored to the age and interests of students.  To schedule a field trip: Contact Us.

The TAIL-GAIT at Red …

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Better Turf Under Hoof, Part II

I wrote earlier about year-round efforts to improve turf on the Cross Country course in advance of the 2016 Red Hills International Horse Trials.  An extended growing season and healthy amounts of rain and sunshine, in addition to all other efforts (Including some properly composted horse manure!) are really paying off.  In addition to regular activities to improve the more

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Hats are for horses too!

It’s not uncommon to see ladies wearing fancy hats on the final day of competition at Red Hills, but many of the equine athletes are also wearing “hats”. Called an ear bonnet, they are quite popular and can keep flies at bay while also maintaining a professional and polished look. Some riders report that an ear bonnet can have a …

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The Mane Story

During the Cross Country phase at Red Hills, horses may gallop 25-30 miles an hour between jumps. Imagine a galloping horse with a long flowing mane and it conjures up a beautiful image in your mind. Now, imagine the rider that is being whipped in the face by that same beautiful mane and you begin to understand why the manes …

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Volunteers With Horse Sense

Members of the Ochlockonee River Pony Club are a regular sight at Red Hills on the final day of competition. Usually staged in several locations outside of the show jumping arena, these volunteers take responsibility for replacing any downed poles and righting any other part of a jump structure that is knocked out of alignment by an equine competitor. Similar …

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The Scoop on the Poop

A recent scientific journal estimates fifty pounds of manure are generated by a horse each day. Let’s multiply that by the number of horses and their length of stay at Red Hills, and the total amount of manure accumulation rises to about ten tons by the time the last horse trailer rolls out of Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.  The daily attention …

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2016 Three Star Cross Country Course

If you’ve been following the progress at Red Hills International Horse Trials then you know Michael Etherington-Smith is designing the CIC 3* course in preparation for the 2016 event. Mike was in Tallahassee today to meet with Tyson Rementer, RHHT course builder, and Corinne Mathis, RHHT jump decorator, about the 2016 cross country course and the jumps he envisions.  The …

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Arena Improvement Project

A five-year plan for infrastructure improvements is now in its third year and the combined arena that was introduced at the 2015 event is scheduled for its next phase of work.  The four main activities to prepare for 2016 include more area for Dressage warm-up, erosion prevention, improve the spectator experience, and softer footing in the combined arena.  I’ll keep …

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