About

The MDHT Highland Series HT consists of all three phases (dressage, show jumping & cross country) in an unrecognized/starter format. The horse trials have opening and closing dates, just like the USEF/USEA Recognized Horse Trials. However, the jumping portions are not timed and you are not required to be members of the USEA or USEF to enter.

We do abide by the USEA Eventing Rules for everything else, so please familiarize yourself with them. Here is the link for your convenience: Rules – USEA, United States Eventing Association, Inc. (R) US National Combined Training, Horse Trials: Dressage, Cross Country, Show Jumping | United States Eventing Association® (useventing.com)

THERE IS NO COACHING ALLOWED while your student is competing!  If you are coaching, your rider will risk being eliminated from the competition.

The MDHT Highland Series HT also includes a team challenge. Teams of 3 or 4 different horse and rider combinations compete for prizes and medals to be awarded following the Fall Championship competition.

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Divisions

Saturday

Sunday

Dressage Tests

IntroUSDF 2023 Introductory Test A – small arena (20m x 40m) (Walk, Trot)

StarterUSEA 2022 Starter Test – small arena (20m x 40m) (Walk, Trot, and Canter)

Beginner NoviceUSEF 2022 BN Eventing Test A – small arena (20m x 40m)

NoviceUSEF 2022 Novice Eventing Test A – small arena (20m x 40m)

TrainingUSEF 2022 Training Eventing Test A – small arena (20m x 40m)

ModifiedUSEF 2022 Modified Eventing Test A – small arena (20m x 40m)

PreliminaryUSEF 2022 Preliminary Eventing Test A – small arena (20m x 40m)

Combined tests must ride the test listed for the level. No substitutions.

Rules & Guidelines

  • There will be a Championship on the final Starter weekend.
  • There will be a Championship division and regular divisions for each level.
  • In order to qualify for a Championship division, the same horse/rider combination must place 1st – 6th in at least 2 of the prior Starters, at the same level. The level the rider qualifies at will be their Championship level.
  • Combined Tests do not count towards qualifying placings.
  • Form teams of 3 or 4 horse and rider combinations to compete for prizes and medals to be awarded following the final Starter competition. Points from the three highest scoring team members will be added together to determine the total number of points at each event.
  • Teams can be made up of horse and rider combinations from various levels. Points awarded for top
  • 8 placings as follows:
    • 1st place = 10 points
    • 2nd place = 8 points
    • 3rd place = 6 points
    • 4th place = 5 points
    • 5th place = 4 points
    • 6th place = 3 points
    • 7th place = 2 points
    • 8th place = 1 point
  • All payments must be completed on Event Entries.
  • No checks, no cash, no website or Venmo payment.
  • Certificate/vouchers holders, email the show office at [email protected] for entry instructions.
  • Refunds: Scratch through the final close date with a refund less $25 office/scratch fee. AFTER THE FINAL CLOSING DATE, NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS WILL BE ISSUED – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Wait List: If there is a wait list, a refund or credit less the $25 office/scratch fee will be issued to any scratch whose spot can be filled off the wait list. Entries may not be transferred or sold to others if there is a wait list.
  • Show cancellation: If for any reason the show is cancelled, there is no refund. Credits may be issued as circumstances allow.
  • You must print 2 copies of your pinny number based on what is assigned to you with the ride times. Bring your numbers and pinny holder with you! Use an old bridle number or buy a universal bridle number.
  • Don’t wait until closing date to enter! We fill early. 
  • Scheduling requests must be submitted with your entry. Not all requests can be fulfilled. All scheduling requests should be emailed to [email protected]
  • Enter Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) numbers, series team names, and requests for accommodation where specified. 
  • Ride times will be posted on the THURSDAY before the show at www.themarylandhorsetrials.com.
  • Vet and farrier will be on call. Numbers will be posted at stabling and on the scoreboard. Inquire for number at office if help is needed.
  • Use standard bio security practices:
    • Don’t let horses touch or share equipment, drink out of the same bucket, etc.
    • If your horse has a fever, don’t come.
    • Don’t touch other people’s horses.
    • Wash your hands frequently if you must touch other horses e.g. a trainer with multiple students who don’t board in the same barn.
  • The EDCC recommends a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for out of state horses and a health declaration for all. We encourage people to take temps and do a self assessment. Safety for all. One wash stall open.
  • Check for the most recent outbreak reports at: equinediseasecc.org/alerts

Fees

Horse Trial
$150
$150
Early Bird Horse Trial
$125
$125
Combined Test
$75

Must ride the test listed for the level. No substitutions. CTs are pinned if there are 3 or more starters at a level; otherwise HC (no ribbon).

$75
Late Paperwork Fee
$25

$25 LATE FEE ASSESSED FOR ALL PAPERWORK NOT RECEIVED BY THE LATE CLOSING DATE. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RIDE UNTIL ALL FEES ARE PAID AND ALL PAPERWORK IS RECEIVED.

$25
Late Entry Fee
$50

ANY ENTRY RECEIVED AFTER THE LATE CLOSING DATE WILL BE ASSESSED A $50 LATE FEE. PAPERWORK MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN ONE DAY OF ENTRY.

$50
Stabling
$50/night

NO shavings are included.

$50/night
Muck Deposit
$25/stall

Returned if stall is stripped and swept clean. Check out at secretary’s stand. All refunds are done through Event Entries.

$25/stall
Shavings
$12/bag
$12/bag
Change
$25/change

After closing date. Dropping down a level is free.

$25/change
Office/Scratch
$25/entry

Non-refundable. Included in cost of entry.

$25/entry
Non-Compete Horse
$25/horse

Include Coggins of non-compete horse with Bridle number will be issued and must be worn while horse is on grounds. (Bring a used or universal bridle number tag - bridle numbers not provided).

$25/horse
Returned Check
$50
$50
Camping
$50/night

With electric hook-up.

$50/night
Unleashed Dog
$100/dog
$100/dog

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