Participating in horse shows is one of the many riding opportunities at Misty Run LLC. Whether on a horse you own or lease or one of Misty Run LLC's fabulous school horses, showing off your hard work can be a fun way to spend time with your horse and riding friends. This page is dedicated to helping you understand the different show opportunities available, requirements for each and approximate cost.
Home Shows at Misty Run
Shows at Misty Run are a great way to get your feet wet into showing. Our relaxed environment and positive judges are geared especially toward riders new to showing and also young green horses. Our home shows are economical and fun!
Local Shows off Property
Going off property is the next step for anyone wishing to show. Culpeper and the surrounding area offer a wide variety of shows for riders to participate in at the local level. Participating at the local level gives the rider an opportunity to hone their performance skills against a larger population of competitors. Students also begin to learn the ropes of taking their horse off the property ie: care and preparation.
Misty Run LLC offers opportunities to show at the local level in Dressage Hunter Jumper and Eventing.
Participating in Licensed shows means that you are competing at a national level. While many of your competitors may be local, your scores are recorded and compared to all others performing at the same level. There are also many recognition programs and titles you and your horse can earn along the way. Judges associated with these competitions have completed the highest levels of judging standards and the format of each show is uniform and regulated.
Eventing is a sport the combines 3 different horse sports together. Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country Jumping. Think of it as a triathlon for you and your horse. At the lower levels these 3 elements are all performed on the same day. At the upper levels each phase is performed on a separated day. At the end the scores are combined for a final result.
Developing the fitness of the horse, his balance, his strength, and endurance are all critical elements when pursuing eventing. No one phase is more important then the other.
IEA or the Interscholastic Equestrian Association is a national program for students grades 4-12 and is in its first year of an adult pilot program. IEA provides riders an opportunity to show at a local, regional and national level without the expense of owning or leasing a horse. IEA also has fantastic recognition programs and scholarship programs for its student riders. Riding in IEA also gives riders the chance to build confidence and hone their horsemanship skills under saddle. The team format fosters comraderies with team mates and riders from other barns.