GMHA is one of the premier eventing venues in the northeast. Our course provides cross-country competition and schooling opportunities for all levels of riders, from Pre-Elementary through Intermediate.
Our competition course utilizes most of our 65 acre facility and beyond. We are fortunate enough to have the use of the neighboring fields, which Birch Hill Farm generously allows us to use for select competition days. Thank you Birch Hill Farm!
GMHA’s cross-country course originated in 1957 when the facility hosted its first Horse Trials, over 50 years ago. The course continues to evolve, utilizing a variety of permanent obstacles (two water complexes, various ditches, trakehners, bank fences, and a coffin) and many portable fences. The wide use of portable cross-country jumps allows our course designers a great deal of flexibility, which results in new and exciting courses for each competition.
GMHA recently completed an ambitious, multi-year project to upgrade our cross-country course, including footing and site work, installation of new complexes, creation of an Intermediate track and repairing and augmenting the current Beginner Novice through Preliminary-level jump inventory with new permanent and portable fences.
Janine Preece McClain, designs GMHA’s courses up to and including the Preliminary level. Janine does a tremendous amount of work on the courses for all of GMHA’s eventing activities, including thoughtfully designing tracks, overseeing building and maintenance projects, and making sure the courses are decked out and beautifully decorated for each competition.
Tremaine Cooper is our Intermediate level Course Designer for the Festival of Eventing, held in early August. Cooper, from Bluemont, VA, is an FEI internationally licensed designer as well as a USEF course inspector. He has designed courses for many prominent events including Millbrook Horse Trials (NY), Morven Park (VA), Southern Pines (NC), Puhinui Horse Trials (NZ) and Poplar Place (GA).