Starter Horse Trials Series


This event consists of all three phases (dressage, show jumping, cross country) in an unrecognized/starter format. The trials have opening and closing dates, just like the USEF/USEA Recognized Horse Trials.

The Starter Horse Trials Series 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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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 Compete Easy.
  • No checks, no cash, no website or Venmo payment.
  • Certificate/vouchers holders, email the show office at 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. The number of spaces left will be shown in the event details on Compete Easy.
  • Scheduling requests must be submitted with your entry. Not all requests can be fulfilled. Put your requests in your Compete Easy entry!
  • Enter Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) numbers, series team names, and requests for accommodation where specified. All other notes and requests should go in the Notes field.
  • Ride times will be posted on the THURSDAY before the show at
  • 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.
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Horse Trial
Early Bird Horse Trial
Combined Test

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).


Initial bag of shavings included.

Muck Deposit

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


After closing date. Dropping down a level is free.


Non-refundable. Included in cost of entry.

Non-Compete 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).

Returned Check

With electric hook-up.

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Dressage Tests

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

ElementaryUSEA 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.