Help Us to Help You

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For those of you who have been coming to our farm over the years, you are aware that we do our best to keep fees as reasonable possible while continuing to make improvements that benefit all who come to the farm.  We have been able to do that by doing the majority of the work ourselves but Dave & I aren’t getting any younger and  we still have to buy materials and pay for work that we can’t do ourselves.

With all the expense that we incurred with the recent facility improvement we have thought long and hard about passing some of the expense on to you, the competitor. We could charge higher entry & schooling fees, add a grounds fee or office fees.  Although some entry fees have gone up slightly we have decided that we will not be charging grounds fees or office fees at this time. As a result of that decision, we are going to try the sponsorship route this year.

Asking for money is not something that I enjoy doing and I’m not very good at but here goes.  Please check out the new Sponsorship page and see if there is a level of sponsorship that works for you or perhaps you might know someone who would like to become a sponsor.  Any type of sponsorship no matter how large or small could go a long way to help us to continue with improvements while keep fees stable.  But we NEED participation!

We’re hoping that many of you will see the benefit to you, your horses and the sport  participating in our quest to have a vibrant sponsorship program. Thanks for your consideration.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you and to another busy season!

Jackie

 

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The Fall Horse Trials is now a ONE Day

Due to lower than expected entries for the Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials, we had to make a major adjustment to the event schedule.  The horse trials will now run as a one day event on Sat Aug 25th.  All divisions will do their dressage tests before the jumping begins as the cross country courses go through the dressage arenas.  This will also allow time for those who are not stabling time to walk their courses.  Below is a tentative schedule to give you a better idea of how much time you will have between dressage and jumping.
Tentative Overall Schedule
Level Dressage Ring Show Jumping
Preliminary 8:30 1 12:30
Training 8:30 2 1:00
Novice 9:00 1 1:50
Beg Nov 10:06 2 2:50
Starter 11:18 1 3:44
Cross Country to Follow Show Jumping
The YEH, NEH & FEH classes will still run on Friday.  However the NEH & YEH classes will now run in the morning and the FEH classes will start at 3:00 as originally scheduled.
I apologize for any inconvenience the schedule change may cause you.  But there is one ‘up’ side.  If you have ever been to a competition where you would like a ‘do over’  perhaps it’s just a fence or two on cross country or the whole show jumping course now you can   Maybe you would like to try some cross country fences at the next level up but you never get the opportunity, now you can.  Maybe you’ve been seeing posts of the Stone Gate Farm FB page and you were curious about the NEW Mountain Trail Course,  now you can.
With the schedule change all of that is now possible.    You planned on spending the weekend at SGF anyway, why not take advantage if the opportunities? We will offer Cross Country Schooling ($25), Show Jumping Rounds ($10/round) and group lessons on the new Mountain Trail Course ($35) Saturday evening and Sunday morning for anyone who is interested.  Look for a sign up sheet with the secretary when you check in.  As my mother always told me, “if someone gives you lemons, make lemonade”.
With the schedule change I will  need more volunteers on Sat but for shorter periods of time. I will be tweaking the volunteer schedule soon.  If you are able to volunteer, please use the the VIP site to sign up for volunteering.  You will also use that VIP sign up for the Course Decoration so you can get volunteer credit for your time.
Although the entries are not what we were expecting, we are committed to offering you and your horse the best experience possible.  Stay tuned for more information, course maps etc.  With that in mind, if any of you are available between now and the event, I really could use some help preparing the farm.  Thanks

July Mini Trials UPDATES

Check out updates for the July Mini Trials

May Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month

 

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to Dana McDonald, May Volunteer of the Month!!

We’re looking for donations for the June Volunteer of the month!

Click here to view the May Leaderboard 

Check out future volunteer opportunities

Drone Video

Check out the drone video of the trail course.  It also gives you a bridseye view of the farm.

Winona Cross Country Maps are Now Available

My Course Walk

Course maps can be found on My Course Walk, click on logo above or the Winona Horse Trials Page

 

Secretary Notes to Winona Competitors

Winona Competitors, please read the

Notes from the Secretary to the Competitor

Winona Cross Country Course Decoration

Rock Garden

2018 Winona Horse Trials Course Decoration

You are invited to take part in the  Cross Country Jump Decorating.  A fun way for the Intercollegiate teams, Pony Clubs or stables to display their team spirit or simply friends and individuals having some fun while tapping into their creative side. Use flowers, ferns or other items to create a theme or simply make your fences look great.

We are using the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) sign up so you can log volunteer hours towards volunteer awards.  When you get to the sign up, go to the Friday before the competition to sign up (you may come on a different day but I had to choose one for the signup).  choose the fences you would like to decorate. Cross country maps can be found on the Winona Horse Trials page  Please read the rules and guidelines before registering.

Click here for more details and to sign up.