Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Post Event Letter to Competitors

Hi All,
Well now that the dust has settled (actually it’s pretty wet right now) and clean up begins I thought I would take a moment to thank you for entering the Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials last weekend.  I realize that some of you didn't make it for various reasons and I hope that your horses are doing better, for some the weekend didn't go quite according to plan and for many others it was a pretty good weekend.  It is my goal to have more people in the 'had a pretty good weekend' category.  Check out this video of  ‘first timer’ Alexandra Foltz and Jiminy Cricket …I think they definitely had a good time.

The Gazebo Frame
The Gazebo Roof
My first goal is to provide safe, challenging (appropriate for the level) cross country and show jumping courses that are educational and fun for the horses and the riders.  However, I realize that there is more to a successful event than nice courses.  We continue to try to make improvements that will make your stay more pleasant and user friendly.  This year we added stall gates to the pipe barn and we’re still trying to figure out a way to improve the main barn (we take the gates off and store equipment and jumps in them) and Dave built two shelters ( check out  Dave's 'Big Idea" for more pics and the rest of the story) with seating for dressage and show jumping.  The gazebo for the dressage warm up area didn’t quite get done in time but it will be done by the end of the week.  The big plan for 2012 is building an all weather show jumping ring and derby field in the current cross country warm up near the stabling barns. The new PA didn’t work as expected so that is still on the ‘to do’ list as well as improving the few trails on cross country. In any case I would appreciate feedback from you so we can continue to upgrade, our facility (as time and money allows) and make your stay here more pleasant.


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