As I mentioned last month, we held a short course event at our farm in late October. For those of you who are not familiar with short course, I will give you the just of it. A short course event includes a dressage test, followed by a shortened stadium course which continues onto a shortened cross country course, then re enters the stadium ring and finishes there. They are a great start for those wanting to try eventing without going to an actual three phase event.
We chose to make introductory levels for various reasons; easier to build, more popular, and a good way to bring "outsiders" into the world of eventing. The levels we built were 18", 2', and 2'6". The lowest level "Grasshopper" was meant to be a very simple yet eventing course. We wanted small and inviting yet not boring with the same ol log after log thing you normally see at this level.
I built almost this entire course on my own. It was built in about two weeks and mostly with materials laying around the property. It came together so nicely and I am very happy to have this at home for schooling! This year I plan to build an Entry (2'9" level). Not to mention some BIG schooling fences!
Here's the course;
|Grasshopper on the left and Start/Pre Entry on the right.|
|Grasshopper on left, start/pre-entry on right.|
|this is after someone stepped on it and pulled it apart lol|
|Grasshopper stone wall.|
|Pre Entry on a little hill|
I can't wait to build more and have two more Short Course Events this year! Do you want to come schooling?