back at River Grove Farm
show, over the Fourth
the Fourth of July holiday, the precise movements of dressage horses and
the beautiful setting of River Grove Farm north of Hailey.
you’ve got is the Wood River Dressage Show, Idaho’s largest, over
the Independence Day weekend.
will be staged Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7. Admission is free.
Programs and lunch will be available for purchase on the grounds.
Parry Thomas’ incomparable River Grove Farm one half-mile north of
Hailey along S.H. 75 is the setting—and what a setting it is.
trademark dark green umbrellas with white tables and chairs have created
a spectator-friendly venue for what has become an increasingly popular
Grove Farm’s new dressage arena is carved out of the cottonwoods and
green lawns adjacent to the "warm-up" arena just west of the
original competition arena. And the new dressage arena may be ready.
need to know much about horses to become enchanted with the intricacies
of dressage and the beauty of the horse and riders trying to achieve
harmony when faced with a minefield of movements.
show will pack two days with rides ranging from Training Level
(beginners) to the upper echelon of internationally-governed competition
classes. Nationally ranked riders and horses are due to compete.
the most noted rider is River Grove Farm’s Debbie McDonald, who
recently returned from two weeks of grueling competition on the East
Coast. She and her mare Brentina were the top-ranking pair in the
country at the Grand Prix level, highest level obtainable in dressage.
headed for the World Equestrian Games in Spain, will be riding two of
her up-and-coming horses this weekend, including Felix, who has
qualified to go to Europe.
this weekend include Saturday’s "FEI" tests that measure the
most difficult levels of dressage. They start at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday’s musical freestyle class, always a favorite, starts at 2 p.m.
hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.