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Summer Horse Show Held at Turner Farm - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Aug 30,2017
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Frankie Schofield 2, of Round Hill shows off her sister Ryleigh's pony at Turner Farm Events' Summer Horse Trials, Combined Test, and Dressage Show held Sunday, Aug. 20 at The Turner Farm. Photo by Mercia Hobson.

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By Mercia Hobson

FAIRFAX- Turner Farm Events is a nonprofit organization created to raise funds to support maintenance and improvements at The Turner Farm, a Fairfax County Park, located at 625 Springvale Road in Great Falls. On Sunday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., the organization presented their Summer Horse Trials, Combined Test, and Dressage Show, in support of their mission.

Horse trials or "eventing" is where a rider and horse combination compete against others, in the same divisions, across three disciplines – dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. For very young or inexperienced riders, there is a leadline division and the cross-country part of the competition may be omitted.

According to Kirstin Parisot, one of the two show organizers, the purpose of Sunday's show not only supported the nonprofit's fundraising mission but offered younger junior riders an inviting introduction to horse trials. Referencing what could be the most challenging aspect of a horse trial, the cross-country course, Parisot spoke about the straightforward jumps on The Turner Farm's short course, "It's not something too complex. It's really great for first-time eventers."

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