FHTA organizes a yearly event camp the purpose of which is to introduce riders to the sport of eventing as well as to further the education of those who have already participated in eventing.
Camp Goals: to provide an educational experience in all phases of a horse trial competition, including a simulated competition to allow members to solidify current skills and gain more advanced skills. Participants will also benefit from informal discussions with instructors about improving their skills for each phase of a horse trial as well as how to be successful in competition.
Camp Format: Riders will be assigned to 3 or 4 groups of no more than 5 riders. PARTICIPATION WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 RIDERS. Auditors may attend – audit all sessions, take part in lunch and dinner sessions for only $10.
Day 1: Riders will participate in separate dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country instructional sessions of about 1.5 hrs each, led by an experienced event rider/instructor. Non-mounted discussion sessions with instructors will allow for more detailed explanations of each phase including how to evaluate a course during the course walk. Breaks will be scheduled between sessions.
Day 2: Riders will compete in a mini-event similar to that of an actual horse trial, including judged dressage, stadium course, and cross country course with the opportunity to discuss the performance with the instructor.
Who should participate? Event riders of all levels and those wishing to learn about the exciting sport of eventing. Groups will be divided into beginner novice and below, novice, training and above. Non-riding members may participate by volunteering for jump crew or as dressage scribes.
FHTA, Inc. Spring Event Camp is very affordable and includes: 2 days of instruction on each phase of a horse trial, non-mounted discussion session with instructors, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday and on-grounds stabling. Dorm-style camping is included if you’d like to stay at the grounds, or we can put you up with some of our nearby members.