If you were to check out Foster’s competition results over the years, you may notice a trend.
I love going to the Carolina Horse Park.
I mean, what’s not to love about this place? The footing is always perfect, there’s tons of warmup space, the schooling shows are immaculately run, and oh yeah, it’s just over an hour away.
Being close to Southern Pines makes for a convenient trip for schooling, lessons with BC, and knocking about CHP. In fact, I plan to be there again next weekend with Riley’s faux-show debut.
Other facilities that my friends frequent include FENCE (and now the Tryon center) and the Virginia Horse Park, all about 4 hours away. Aiken and all of its eventing wonders is roughly 6 hours away. Hunter jumper shows at Sedgefield are less than two hours away, and that sounds perfect for the occasional HJ foray.
But to me, it takes a really special reason to make the 4+ hour drives. For instance, I traveled to FENCE for our recognized show debut with Foster, but I’m not sure that I would do the same for a schooling show. After experiencing the bendy, mountainous drive to Virginia, it would probably take even more than that to get me up there.
My friends make fun of me, because I go to CHP so darn often, but an hour drive to a horse show is more than appealing to me.
What about you guys? How far away are your local venues? How does travel impact your equestrian activities?