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Difficult Run Fall H.T. (Aug 2012) Omnibus Listing

Individual Tests of Choice offered at BN, N,T, & P in all phases.
Youth Team Challenge.
Adult Rider Team and Individual Competitions.
New Starter Division on renovated XC track.


Change Made 02/29/2012
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USEA Event ID: 15074
Difficult Run Fall H.T. | Herndon, VA (AREA II)

Event Date: Aug 25-26, 2012

Open Date: Jul 10 Close Date: Aug 07


Address: Frying Pan is located at: 2709 West Ox Rd Herndon, VA 20171 From I.495 (Washington Beltway): Exit for Dulles Airport/ Toll Road West (Rte 267) to Exit 10 .- Herndon/Chantilly to left on Rte 657 for 1.6 miles to a left on West Ox Road. Left to Frying Pan Park - one block on left. From West: Dulles Greenway to Dulles Toll Rd. (Rt. 267) to Exit 10-Herndon/Chantilly to Rt. 657, turn right 1.5 miles to West Ox Rd. As before. From Rte 50 East to Rte 28 North. Take Route 28 to McLearen Road, Route 668, make a right on McLearen to Centreville Road. Take a left on Centreville Rd. to a right on West Ox Road to park on left. From I-66. Take VA Route 28 North (Sully Road) via exit 53 towards Dulles Airport. Go 6.6 miles to a right on McLearen Road. As above.


USEF/USEA Recognized: P
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized: T,N,BN
USEA Recognized Tests: Starter

Tentative Schedule:

Please see Other Information below.
Fri: Stables open-2 pm; Cross.-country course open.-3 pm.
Sat: Dressage (P/BN/S)-8:00 am; Show Jumping: P-10:00 am; BN 12:00 pm; Starter 3:30pm.  Cross.-country (P/BN) 20 minutes after Show Jumping.
Sun: Dressage (T/N) 8:30 am; Show Jumping: T -10:30 am; N - 1:00pm; Cross.-country (T/N) 20 minutes after Show Jumping.
Schedules may be switched if entries warrant. Updates to schedule will be posted on DRPC website.   
SJ and XC Tests of Choice will be scheduled only during the applicable Horse Trials divisions.  Any horse entered in the Horse Trials must complete all 3 phases before being ridden in any Test of Choice.

Starting Times:

Available on or before August 22 at or from sec´y email.  Competitors are urged to use website for starting times & email to get information. Please include email address on entry form so that the secretary can contact you regarding changes & posting times. Postcards will not be sent.

Event Officials

TD: Helmut Boehme, VA
Judges: Pres: Muffin Pantaze, VA; Dressage: Judge: Betty Thorpe, MD
SJ Judge: Georgine Winslett,
CD:X-C: Morgan Rowsell, NJ, SJ: Georgine Winslett

Entry Information

Send Entries to:

Amy Brown, Difficult Run H.T. Secretary, 2426 Falls Place Court, Falls Church, VA 22043, Phone number: 703-533-1522; Email: [email protected]  Website:


Org: Difficult Run P.C. Organizing Committee, Chairman, Myra McKitrick, 703-771-0955


Event Fees Directory: Draw checks to DRPC.
Entry: BN: $145.00; N/T: $150.00; P: $155.00; Starter Division: $95.00
Stabling: $75.00 per weekend or $45.00 per night.
Muck Fee Deposit: $ 40.00, separate check for deposit preferred.
Tests of Choice (all levels except Starter): Dressage: $25; SJ: $25; XC: $45.  Riders and horses do not need to be registered with the USEA to enter a Test of Choice.  See prize list on website for refund policy.


Entry fee includes a $25 non-refundable office fee. Note: Association and drug fees payable to USEA and USEF are no longer included in the entry fee – refer to the fee section of the entry form for payment amounts.   Entries accepted after CD if space permits.  Each rider/horse change after C.D. but on or before August 21 is $25. Each rider/horse/division change after August 21 is $40.  Entries accepted after CD must pay an additional $25 office fee before August 21 and $40 after August 21. Bounced check fee: $25. Double entries not accepted with $25.  BN competitors who are not USEA members must pay extra $30 with entry. If oversubscribed, priority given to USEA members. $25=Lost pinny (deposit not required). Refunds: Before C.D.-Less $25 non-refundable office fee; After C.D. Entry less $25 only if place can be filled from wait list.  Stabling fees refunded for all scratches.  All scratches must be given to the sec´y directly, preferably by email. Not responsible for scratches or changes left in voice mail. Competition cancellation-Minimum $25 refund. Neg. Coggins required for all horses within 12 months. Copy of current negative Coggins must accompany entry.  XEntry participants please scan and e-mail signatures/Coggins, or fax to 703-771-9679.   If AREA II Adult Rider, please indicate on entry as we will have special divisions and Team competition if entries warrant.  Youth Team Challenge (21 and under): please indicate on entry whether you are part of a pre-arranged team of wish to be assigned to a team.  See website for details.
Tests of Choice:  Each rider/horse combination may enter any combination of up to three tests, but any horse may only enter 2 XC tests including the Horse Trials phase.  Horses may be ridden by up to two different riders.  Riders entering a Training XC test must have successfully completed at least one schooling or USEA Horse Trials at Novice.  Riders and horses entering a Preliminary XC test must meet the USEF requirements for competing at that level. A complete Prize List and entry form for individual Tests of Choice are available on the website.

Competitor Information

Prize and 8 ribbons per division. Adult Rider divisions and separate Adult Rider Ribbons and team ribbons if entries warrant. Youth Team Challenge prizes and ribbons through third place.  Ribbons will be mailed on receipt of stamped, self-addressed envelope if not picked up at event. 


Stabling in spacious permanent new barns.  Rubber-matted stalls 10 x 12, doors provided.  Sawdust or one bag of shavings will be provided; additional bags can be purchased for $7 with entry or $10 at the horse trials.  Competitors using stabling are required to pay $40 muck fee; refundable if stall is stripped clean.  Separate check for muck fee is preferred.  Veterinarian: TBD on grounds for duration of competition. Number will be posted at secretary stand.


Staybridge Suites, located 1.3 miles from the park (pet and equestrian friendly) with complimentary early breakfast (703)713-6800, Microtel-(703) 471-5005. Days Inn.-2 mi., (703) 471.-6700. Comfort Inn.-3 mi., (703) 437.-7555. Marriott Courtyard.-3 mi., (703) 478.-9400. Marriott Suite-2 mi., (703) 709-0400


Test & arena sizes: P-2010 USEF Preliminary Test A-Sm. T-2010 USEF Training Test A-Sm. N-2010 USEF Novice Test A-Sm. BN-2010 USEF Beginner Novice Test A-Sm.  Starter-2011 USDF Intro Test A-Sm.  Arenas: Sand mix; grass.  All Tests of Choice:  2010 USEF Test A for level selected.


P.-2800 m @ 520 mpm. T.-2400 m @ 420 mpm. N.-1800 m @ 375 mpm. BN.-1600 m @ 350 mpm. Starter-1100 m @275 mpm, maximum height 2'3".
Cross Country tests of choice will be conducted in the same manner as the XC phase of the Horse Trials. All courses: Mostly flat, open terrain.  Some woods and natural water flows.

Other Information:

Cross-country course closed August 11 at sundown. For schooling prior to 8/11, check with Frying Pan Park to see if course is open (703) 437-9101. Levels may be divided/combined as entries warrant; state preferences under the Eligible Section and birth date on entry. If an Area II Adult Rider, please indicate on entry. Food on grounds. Dogs must be leashed. Pictures of most of the jumps on course can be seen at: Frying Pan Park has been newly renovated, including two new barns with large stalls and wash areas, and expanded parking.  Dressage will be in the indoor arena, and possibly also on grass. Show Jumping will be outdoors. The Website will be updated with scheduling information.  All competitors are reminded that Competition Management may fine any individual up to $100 for improper disposal of needles or other sharp disposable instruments.  Sharps containers will be available in the barns.

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