Blackhorse 4 Heroes

Equine Therapy for Disabled Veterans

325 Amity Road, Bethany, CT  06524
(516) 449-9610
To serve those who served us, by providing recreational equine therapy for veterans and others in need.

Team Blackhorse Competition, Haddam Meadows

  • Saturday, June 08, 2013
  • 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Haddam Meadows State Park, Rt. 154, Haddam, CT

Horse Driving trial, Brad Bertele to drive Flick, Steve Brister to Navigate, Groom to be announced. 

Entries Open: April 9; Entries Closed: May 18
Method of Accepting Entries: First come, first served.
Levels/Divisions: Training, Preliminary
Classes: Singles & Pairs: Horse, Pony, VSE
Prize List? No
Organizer(s): Bill & Nancy Lawson, Durham CT; H: 860-349-8745; C:860-490-4667;
Secretary: Marguerite Hayber, 109 Chittenden Road, Amston, CT 06231; H: 860-267-6552;
Mail Entries to: Secretary


Judge: John Greenall, VT; Technical Delegate: Marc Johnson, MA; Course Designer: Bill Lawson, CT; Veterinarian: Frank Palka, DVM; EMT Service: Haddam EMS


Entry/Class Fees: $90; Post Entry Fees: $115; Entry Fee Refund Policy: With Vet certificate less $25 office fee; Other Fees: $5 ADS fee, $25 deposit returned upon inspection of clean trailer area before departure, separate check; Make Checks Payable to: CVDC

Tentative Schedule

Secretary’s Office Opens: June 8, 6 AM; Vet Check: Following the marathon; Briefings: 7:30 AM; Presentation: On the move during dressage; Dressage: 8:30 AM; Marathon: 1 PM; Cones: Immediately following dressage; Social Events: Award ceremony upon completion of show; Clinic/Fun Day: June 9th, Private lessons with officials/clinicians, with dressage, cones and marathon obstacles left in place as long as possible. Let us know your schooling desires with your entry.


Test(s): Training: Test 2; Preliminary: Test 1
RinglWarm-up area Footing: Grass / Grass


Terrain: Flat, mostly grass, crossing pavement
Level: Training; Section E only; 4 to 6 km; 4 Obstacles
Level: Preliminary; Section E only; 4 to 6 km; 4 Obstacles


RinglWarm-up area Footing: Grass / Grass
Level: Training; Clearance: 40 cm
Level: Preliminary; Clearance: 35 cm

Other Information

Veterinary/Health Requirements: Current Rabies certificate; Negative Coggins within 1 year of show date.
Stabling Information: Limited local stabling available on request, Contact show organizer.
Driver/Groom twice around allowed on marathon? (Article 917) If scheduling permits; Permission from show organizer required prior to submitting entry.
Misc. Show info: This is a beginner friendly event, a true one day. No drinking water available on the grounds, non-potable water available for cooling horses. No natural shade. Bring water, food and drink for you and your horse. Please leave your trailer area as clean as when you arrived. This event is held in a CT State Park. All obstacles within easy walking distance. Bicycles allowed, no ATV’s or motorized vehicles. (Exceptions made for those with disabilities contact organizer) Assistance and information is always near by asking a show official, we are always happy to be of service! All dogs must be leashed. Thanks.
Sunday, June 9th: CVDC Clinic and Fun Day at the park. Course is open for driving and clinic lessons available with the show officials. Reduced rates for show volunteers. Contact show secretary for information and entry. All people planning to be on the grounds with horses must pre-register with the Show Secretary. This is to help us plan for your needs. See schedule above.
Awards Offered: Prize and 6 ribbons for each class; Champion Dressage Sponsored by Jen & Jeff Marshall; Champion and Reserve Training and Preliminary; Champion Youth, Training and Preliminary sponsored by the Sullivan family.
Food Available on the Grounds: Yes, Lunch and beverages offered by local Scout Troop.
Accommodations: Contact organizer for hotel, camping and stabling in the area.
Camping On Grounds: No, This is a State Park that does not allow camping
Camping Off Grounds: Yes, Contact Organizer for information.
Directions to Show: From the north: 191 south, take left exit 22S onto Rt. 9 south. Take exit 10 off Rt. 9, at the end of the ramp turn right onto Rt. 154 south for 4.5 miles. Haddam Meadows State Park is on the left. From the South: I 95 to exit 69 onto Rt. 9 north. Take exit 7, merge onto Rt. 82. At light turn left onto Rt. 154 north for 3.4 miles, Haddam Meadows State Park is on the right. THEN: On entering the park bear right, follow drive along field, parking is at the far end. Parking help will be available as space is limited.

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