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Friday, September 20, 2019

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Fun for the Whole Family at 2019 Plantation Field International Three-Day Event

UNIONVILLE, PA -- The 12 th annual Plantation Field International Horse Trials and Country Fair will take place Sept. 19-22 at the historic Plantation Field in the horse country of Unionville.

Plantation 1This year organizers are teaming up with Taylor Harris Insurance Services , Victory Brewing Company and the Chester County Food Bank as well as numerous members of the Unionville and Kennett Square communities to bring spectators a classic country weekend.

Olympian and FEI 5* competitor Ryan Wood, whose Woodstock Eventing is based locally, said, “You haven’t been to a horse event ‘til you’ve been to Plantation International.”

Plantation 2The event begins Thursday and Friday with dressage.

Tailgating is available Saturday and Sunday overlooking the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S cross country courses.

The cross country course is the scene for nail-biting action as the competitors, including multiple Olympians, navigate solid obstacles over the rolling hills of Chester County.

In addition to the excitement of cross country jumping, on Saturday, Sept. 21 the organizers are pleased to announce the return of the Unionville Antique Car Show presented by Last Chance Garage.

Also back by popular demand is the Sunday morning 5k Fun Run, where dogs (on leashes please!) are encouraged to run with their owners.

Plantation 3Boyd Martin in DressageThe Kid’s Korner and Pop-Up Village will have animals, crafts and shopping for everyone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 4.

Pack a picnic or enjoy local food trucks like Hood’s BBQ and Natalie’s Food Truck and quench your thirst with a stop by our Victory Brewing Company Hilltop Beer Garden!

Tickets are still available for brunch honoring legendary horseman Bruce Davidson, featuring the thrilling PRO Bareback Puissance high jump competition.

Visit www.plantationfieldinternational.com for more information.

Line It Up Farms specializes in meeting the individual needs of each horse and rider.

CHESTER CO., Pa.--Line it Up is a small family run farm in Chester County.

Line it up 1We offer riding lessons, on your horse or ours, from experienced instructors who are continually expanding their knowledge of horses to share with our students.

We work with students of all ages and abilities, including, therapeutic students and students who need to rebuild their confadance.

Throughout the year we host clinics, small schooling shows, and camps. We also have a very active 4-H club.

Line it up rightWe are open to a small number of boarders and offer quality care for all of the horses on our farm.

Upcoming events are as follows...

Our Show series continues this Fall Sept. 2, Oct. 19 and Nov. 23, and we offer a veriaty of divisions, including hunters, pleasure, equitations and jumpers.

New this fall we are offing a miniature horse division to include In-hand showmanship, jumping and trail, as well as mini driving .

We offer classes for all levels and abilities of riders/horses. We provide a great opportunity for lesson programs to bring beginning riders to get a positive show experience.

New this year are Fall/Winter Camps.

Linr it up 2Each camp will Have a theme and will be open all levels of riders.

Oct. 13, 9 am to 3 pm, Black Friday Special, Nov. 29, 9 am to 3 pm, with options for before and after care, great for parents who love those great gift deals! Dec. 23 and 30, both 9 am to 3 pm, and Jan. 20, 9 am to 3 pm. More to follow once our Winter/Spring Shows get nailed down.

Friday night Clinics every second Friday of the month, starting Oct. 11.

All activities will be held regardless of the weather in our spacious indoor areana.

All are open to all abilities of horse and rideras we cater to all abilities of horse and rider.

For additional information about our farm or programs, please check us out @ Facebook.com/lineitupequine or call/text Amy at 484-678-7234 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




A Paper Chase for History coming soon!


In 2016 the Concord Township Historical Society was looking at new options for celebrating its 50th anniversary.

paper chase 1At the same time, many locals had been involved in helping to preserve the beautiful Beaver Valley area which has since formally become the First State National Park.

Keeping in alignment with the history of Concord Township, we discussed the importance of agriculture and the use of the horse in this area.

The concept of holding a Paper Chase- “Chase for History” as a CTHS fundraiser and a wonderful way to share our work with our community began.

In 2017 we held our first Paper Chase at a private horse farm not far from the park.

We had 35 riders.

paperchase 2In 2018 we had over 50 riders.

A short 3-mile trail is marked, and our “Sunday riders” and older horses seem to flock to it.

The 6-7 mile trek takes riders near the HyPoint Dairy and back.

Ribbons are provided for average times, and we enjoy mixing in history with fun rewards.

Trail Obstacles have become a favorite along with a big carrot for all horses and free Rita’s Water Ice for the riders.

paperchse 3Last year, the Penns Woods Winery kindly hosted our effort, and the relaxing tables overlooking the winery (and the race) nearby with food and drink for purchase were a terrific hit.

Please plan to join us on Saturday Oct. 5, for ride times between 9 a.m. to 12.

Cost is $ 35 per rider with those under 18 at $25.

Check out the website for the entry form (to be provided with payment on-site) at concordhist.org.

A rain date will be announced the night before for the following Saturday and posted on the website.

For additional information, contact Leslie Berkeyheiser at 610-558-3322 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Fair Hill Thoroughbred Horse Show is Back

FAIR HILL, Md--The Fair Hill Thoroughbred Horse Show will hold its annual hunter/jumper show Sept. 21, 22 at the Fair Hill show grounds in Elkton.

Fair Hill aHunter classes take place Saturday and jumper classes on Sunday.

“The philosophy of the show is simple," said Board Member, Lisa Demars. "Every Thoroughbred needs a chance to live a great life after racing and every owner/rider should have the opportunity to enjoy these horses in a welcoming and open environment.”

This year, the FHTS has partnered with The Real Rider Cup (www.therealridercup.com) to kickoff the show.

Fair Hill bOn Friday evening, Sept. 20 at 5 pm, five teams of five riders each will compete – jumping!

The teams include Racing Media, Farm Managers, Jockeys, "Racing Kids" (who've literally grown up in the industry) and the Freestyle team which will feature sidesaddle, bareback, and bridle-less mounts.

In addition to fine riding and exciting competition, the 2019 show will feature a popular silent auction, and more than $9,500.00 in prize money.

Fair Hill cThe show also offers multiple $500.00 scholarships to support and reward riders for selecting a thoroughbred as their sport horse mount.

Competitors will again have the opportunity to enter a drawing to earn one of 15 spots in a clinic that will be led by a leading professional. In the past, clinicians have included Anne Kursinski, Joe Fargus and Silvio Mazzoni.

To view the prize list, please visit

For more information about the Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show, please visit www.fairhillthoroughbredshow.com.


Learn about foxhunting at Radnor's Foxhunting 101

MALVERN, Pa.--Have you always been curious about foxhunting?

Radnor 2Have you often wondered about trying it out?

Well, now is your chance.

Come, be part of Foxhunting 101!

Radnor Hunt is once again holding two Saturday sessions on Sept. 14 and Sept. 28.

Learn the basics from longtime foxhunter, and Radnor member, Debra Taylor.

Radnor 1Get the chance to go out with the hunt and watch Radnor’s veteran Huntsman John Dean work his magic with his hounds.

You will hunt the Radnor country and gain insight into this age-old sport.

Radnor 3Debra will explain all the terminology, the strategies employed to find Mr. Fox.

She will detail what the jobs of the Hunt Staff entail and explain the nuances of a hunting day.

There will be tailgates after hunting on both sessions.

The second day will also feature a tour of the Radnor Kennels.

Call Alex Warzecha, the Hunt Secretary with questions at 610-935-8255. Price: $50.

Dressage at Devon draws top stars from ponies, mares and foals to Grand Prix

DEVON, Pa.--Dressage at Devon, Sept. 24-29, is well-known all over the world for attracting top performers to the famed Dixon Oval.

DAD1But the first three days of the show are fun too, featuring the largest open breed show in the world, attracting many top breeders, of all sizes.

DAD 2Mirror classes will be held for ponies.

Check the schedule on our website www.dressageatdevon.org.

At Dressage at Devon (DAD) watch the next champions perform, see ponies compete in the Dixon Oval, and for the first three day, theParade of Breeds is back.

DAD 4Spectacular dressage performances on Friday and Saturday will wow the crowds.

Bring the kids on Sunday for the popular Dressage Explorers.

And don’t forget the great shopping for horse and rider.

For information, go to www.dressageatdevon.org.

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