FEBRUARY & MARCH
February 11 Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association Educational Series on Hay. 6 p.m., Manlius Library. More info at: cnydcta.org
Feb. 21 Equine Open House at Cazenovia College. This open house is geared towards students interested in studying Equine Business Management or who wish to learn more about careers in the equine industry. Register online at the college website.
Feb. 20 Meet the Filmmaker: All the Wild Horses 7 p.m. at the Cinemapolis, Ithaca. ALL THE WILD HORSES follows international riders from around the world as they compete in the Mongol Derby in Mongolia, the longest and toughest horse race on the planet. Come meet and talk with filmmaker and two-time Mongol Derby Rider Ivo Marloh and 2019 Mongol Derby Rider Kelsey Eliot at this special screening. Tickets for this event are $10.50.
Feb. 23 Equine Agritourism Liability, 1-4 p.m. at the New York Farm Show, state Fairgrounds, Syracuse. Discussion of the new legislation and steps to ensure you are prepared to benefit from this new protection. Program includes a working session for equine farm operators to begin to draft their liability mitigation plan and associated signage. Program fee of $5 includes printed materials. Pre-registration required.
Feb. 26 Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program fundraiser, Pasta with the Ponies, 4-7 pm in the Paddock Room (2nd Floor) of the Clubhouse racing side main building of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. $10 per person $4 for children. Take out available or dine in and enjoy a silent auction. More info atfltap.org
March 2 Schuyler Equine Conference, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Community Center. Jam-packed day with information for equestrians of all levels. Tickets for sale and more information at: paintedbarstables.com
March 11 Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association Educational Series on Equine Dentistry. 6 p.m., Manlius Library. More info at: cnydcta.org
March 23-24 WNY Equifest at the Showplex, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg. Two days of clinics and demonstrations, with 100-plus vendors.
March 24 Developing Your Feel: The Rein Aids, a seminar by dressage trainer Michelle LaBarre at Voltra Farm, 6000 Rock Road, Verona. More info at: voltrafarm.com
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April 6 – Gymnastics Clinic with Barb Lindberg, sponsored by CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association, Deer Hollow Farm, 3590 Pompey Hollow Road, Cazenovia. More info: cnydcta.org
April 6 New York State Horse Council meeting at The Spot restaurant, Binghamton
April 13-14 Sonny Garguilo Natural Horsemanship Clinic, Dream Bo Stables, 13123 Main Rd Akron. Hosted by Western Chapter New York State Horse Council. More info on the Horse Council's Facebook page
April 14 Learn to fox hunt clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Morrisville College Equine Rehab Center, sponsored by Limestone Creek Hunt. Auditors welcome. Riders should be able to walk, trot and canter their horse with control. More details: limestonecreekhunt.org
April 17-18 Two-day workshop on the equine skeletal structure, sponsored by Cooperative Extension of Madison County and Madison County 4-H.. At the Extension office in Morrisville. Registration required. Fees are $150 for adults for both days and $50 for youths registering with an adult. More info at: madisoncountycce.org/
April 27 Brookfield Competitive Trail Riding Clinic by the New York State Horse Council and Pure Country Campground. At the campground on Kelly Road, New Berlin. More info on the Horse Council's Facebook page
April 27 Luke Gingerich Horsemanship & Liberty Clinic hosted by Salmon River Horse Park, Pipeline Road, Altmar. Auditors welcome. More info at the park's Facebook page.
May 2-5 Interscholastic Horse Shows Association National Finals at the NYS Fairgrounds Toyota Coliseum, Syracuse. More info at: ihsainc.com
May 4 Kentucky Derby Gala to help support Sunshine Horses, 4:45-9 p.m. at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona. Proceeds help with the expenses associated with the care, training and operational costs associated with the horses in the facility which rehomes retired Standardbreds. More information at sunshinehorses.org/
May 4 Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program fundraiser, Kentucky Derby Breakfast 8-11 am, Clubhouse side of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack's main building - outside facing the main track to watch morning training. Continental breakfast, free Finger Lakes and Churchill Downs programs plus assistance with handicapping tips. $20. More information at fltap.org
May 11-12 “Spring Kickoff Classic” at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads (Elmira) offering 2 sets of AQHA points, 2 sets of ECRRA points, 1 set of ApHC points and 3 divisions of All-Breed classes. Classes include Western, Hunt seat, Halter, Trail, Showmanship, Ranch Riding, Reining and Hunter Hack.New additions this year include Hunter Hack for AQHA and ApHC. More information: winningweekends.com/
May 26 North East Mountain Trail Challenge hosted by Salmon River Horse Park. More info at the park's Facebook page.
May 28 Patrick King Horsemanship at Canterbury Stables, Roberts Road, Cazenovia. More info at Patricks' Facebook page
June 14-16 Adult Rider Camp, Exmoor Eventing, Nunda. Guest clinician Clayton Fredericks, Rolex Kentucky CCI**** winner in 2007, rode for Australia at World and Olympic level. Auditors welcome.
June 22-23 New York State Horse Council's Brookfield Competitive Trail Ride 50/25/15 at Pure Country Campground, Kelly Road, New Berlin. More info on the Horse Council's Facebook page
June 23 – Eventing Clinic with Anne Eilinger, Abbey Meadow Farm, Syracuse. Sponsored by CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association. More info at: cnydcta.org
June 28 Mountain Trail Seminar by Mark Bolender hosted by Salmon River Horse Park, Pipeline Road, Altmar. Learn to properly navigate trail obstacles; what the judges are looking for; dress code, tack and attire. More info and registration, contact Barbara Bouck (315) 767-6459
June 29-30 Jeff Wilson Western Dressage Clinic at The Meadows, Two Rod Road, East Aurora, Hosted by the Western Chapter New York State Horse Council. More info on the Horse Council's Facebook page
July 12-14 Luke Reinbold Confidence Building Clinic at Pure Country Campground, New Berlin. One of two clinics offered by Luke. You must go to the Pure Countrywebsiteto book this event.
July 19-21 Lorenzo Driving Competition, three days of driven dressage and classic pleasure driving at the Lorenzo State Historic Site, Cazenovia. More info at: C
August 16 Gary Lane Gaited Horse Clinic, Pure Country Campground, Kelly Road, New Berlin. More info at: purecountrycampground.com
July 26 Adult Rider Camp at Exmoor Eventing, Nunda. Guest clinician Cat Hill, international groom in the sport horse industry. Learn more about how to take care of your horse at home and away at events, or be the envy of your fellow competitors at shows with your perfect braids. There will be also be an opportunity to trail ride into Letchworth Park, and group lessons on the flat, over stadium fences and on the XC. More info at: Exmoor Eventing
July 26-28 Luke Reinbold Confidence Building Clinic at Pure Country Campground, New Berlin. Second of two clinics offered by Luke. You must go to the Pure Country website to book this event.
July 28 – Hunter Derby Clinic with Barb Lindberg, Abbey Meadow Farm, Syracuse. Sponsored by CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association. More info at: cnydcta.org
August 16-18 Pure Country Northeast Region NACMO Fun Ride and Clinic. Visit the National Association of Competive Mounted Orienteering for more info and to review the rules of the sport. You need a compass, a horse, a pen and a big smile. Hosted by Pure Country Campground, New Berlin.
August 18 Dressage at the NYS Fair, in association with CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association. Toyota Coliseum, Syracuse Fairgrounds.
August 21-Sept. 2 New York State Fair Horse Show at the Toyota Coliseum.More information at: nysfair.ny.gov
Sept. 4-8 HITS Championship awards over $2 million in prize money in a single weekend. Highlighting this year’s schedule is the Saugerties FEI CSI5*, the celebrated Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final and the Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Final. More information at: HITSshows.com
Sept. 13 Adult Rider Camp with guest clinician, Jamie Maillet at Exmoor Eventing, Nunda.
This camp will be leaning towards improving stadium jumping. Jamie has experience producing riders and horses from grass roots to the Grand Prix level.
Sept. 14 Jeff Dye Leukemia Ride, hosted by Pure Country Campground, New Berlin. Scavenger hunt, poker run, Chinese auction and dinner raises money for the Leukemia Fund. More information at: purecountry.com
Sept. 20 Annual General Meeting of the New York State Horse Council. Location to be determined
October (Columbus Day Weekend) NYS Horse Council's 51st Fall Pleasure Ride. Madison County Fairgrounds, Brookfield. Poker Run, Obstacle Challenge, Costume Class. To volunteer or for more info contact Shannon.Budnik@nyshc.org.
October 12 Genesee Valley Hunt Races, 3320 Nations Road, Geneseo. More information at: geneseevalleyhunt.org
October 13 Fall Derby at Exmoor Eventing, Nunda. Stadium fences followed by a loop of the derby field over natural obstacles including water, ditches and banks (level appropriate)
October 23 - 27 HITS Indoor Championship to be held at the newly built Great New York State Fair Expo Center in Syracuse. Featuring Hunter and Equitation Classes for Junior and Amateur riders at the Beginner and Intermediate levels, focusing on fence heights from 2’ to 3’6". More information at: HITSshows.com
November 16 Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association year-end banquet and awards presentation. Lincklaen House, Cazenovia. More info at: cnydcta.org
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