Cross-Country Course

Cross-Country Course

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.

Cross-Country Upgrade

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. Starting in the 2020 season, GMHA will have new cross country designers.

Mogie Bearden-Muller will be designing the courses for the Spring Horse Trials from Beginner Novice through Preliminary. Mogie is an United States Equestrian Federation recognized “R” Course Designer and a United States Eventing Association certified ICP Level III Instructor. She is a CCI3* Level rider with over 20 years experience in the equestrian sport of Three-Day Eventing. She has developed and coached riders through the upper levels in the United States and Europe. She brings her wealth of knowledge to designing her courses that are up to the level while being rider friendly and educational.

Morgan Rowsell will be designing our courses for the Festival of Eventing in August and September Horse Trials including the Area 1 Championships. Morgan holds a United States Equestrian Federation Senior “S” Course Designer and a FEI Course Designer license through the CCI 3* level. He recently completed a three year term as Area II representative to the United States Eventing Association’s Board of Governors. He has designed and built courses both nationally and internationally including Jersey Fresh International Three Day Event and the Mars Essex Horse Trials.

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