“One more water. One more fence, chief. And you are a star.”
You can’t help but love this helmet cam of Ali Fisher and 15hh Irish Sport Horse, Carnivale King. We love the way Ali talks to her horse the whole way ’round the course (and we’re envious of her ability to count strides!). This pair ran clear with time across the country around beautiful South Woodstock, Vermont at the Green Mountain Horse Association’s (GMHA) June event.
One thing to know about GHMA if you’re planing a visit: your horse better be OK with water! As you can see from Emily’s video, one very unique thing about the GMHA property is the mountain stream that winds through it. You always end up crossing it a few times (not all crossings are flagged) on every course. The stream also winds right next to the barns and you can often find competitors hanging out and letting the river to the work of cooling their horses’ legs — you won’t find a more relaxing way to cold hose, I guarantee it!
You thought Memorial Day was the unofficial start of summer, but just ask any Area 1er: summer has only well and truly arrived in the Northeast with the kickoff of GMHA’s June event. GMHA hosts a number of shows across disciplines every year, including three recognized horse trials that take place in June, August, and September. Their banner event, The GMHA Festival of Eventing, which takes place in August, is Area 1’s only FEI event and offers CCI2*-S and CCI3*-S classes as well as national divisions from Beginner Novice through Intermediate (oh yeah, and there’s price money for the Intermediate, 2*, and 3*!) This year they’ve also added an Advanced and Advanced/Intermediate combined test.
There really is something for everyone, so if you’re looking for a scenic, fun event with some cooler temperatures and great ground in the late summer then make sure to put GMHA on your schedule.
Bonus video! Enjoy this romp around the Novice course courtesy of Emily Scott (you can follow her on YouTube here!) and Z Camelot who ran double clear across country.