Finksburg, MD - December 9, 2013 - We hope you were able to join the Full Moon Farm family for their first USEA-recognized horse trials on November 17th. Maybe it was their years of experience with their Pipe Openers and Starter Horse Trials, but the November event went off with great success. The Fultons seriously stepped up the game with exciting new cross-country obstacles and a stadium course set over varied terrain, and with a loyal group of volunteers, the "Dream Show-Jump Team" (borrowed from Waredaca), and a wonderful group of officials the day ran smoothly and on-time.
In addition to the great organization and the colorful courses, there was hot food and drinks to warm you up between your rides, as well as the smoothie that are a Full Moon staple. Regardles of the temperature, you are regularly reminded that, "it's always a good time for a smoothie!"
Initially it was a little nerve-wracking, as entries were looking low. It was the end of the season, the weather was looking questionable and the daylight hours were looking short, but come event day, they were boasting a full list of riders (close to 180!) - so full in fact that they had to move the start time up slightly. And, the weather held out - it was breezy and chilly, but no rain.
"It will not rain," Stephen Fulton assured the cross-country jump judges at their morning briefing. Stephen didn't have to worry about weather though, as he announces all of their events from the comfort of a Land Rover provided by their Event Sponsor, Frankel Automotive Group.
If you were a fan of the decorations, give a nod to Colleen DeCarlo (cross-country, as well as all-around) and Sherrill Cooper (stadium jumping). On event day, Karen Fulton joked, "we have the largest number of pumpkins currently in captivity!" Stadium jump #7 in particular was a crowd favorite, and Stephen made special note of the official event time at game time - it was a Sunday after all!
The event was also the final event for Brian Ross, a mainstay of the eventing community worldwide, who judged the last ride of his 35-year career. "We didn't know, or we'd have made a big deal out of it," said Karen. So, if you rode in Brian's ring for dressage you were part of a historical day whether you were aware of it or not!
"To all of our competitors, volunteers and supporters who believed in our day and helped to make it a huge success, we cannot say 'Thank You' enough!" Full Moon follows up their successful event with their 19th Anniversary, so if you see Karen or Stephen out and about give them an extra-big congratulations! With the horse trials over, the Fultons are taking a little time to breathe and enjoy the winter holidays, and then it's time to start thinking about next year.
Keep an eye on the calendars, as next year is surely to be even better. To keep posted on all things Full Moon Farm, make sure you follow them on Facebook and check for regular updates on their website, www.fullmoonfarm.com. Currently, their National Capital Equestrian League (NCEL) teams are busy competing and they run a year-round lesson program. There is always something exciting happening at Full Moon Farm, even in the eventing off-season!