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Groton House Farm H.T. (Jun 2017) Omnibus Listing

40th Anniversary!!!!

Final Mandatory Outing:  Area 1 Selection Trials, 2017 NAJYRC
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USEA Event ID: 16531
Groton House Farm H.T. | Hamilton, MA (AREA I)

Event Date: Jun 23-25, 2017

Open Date: May 09 Close Date: Jun 06


Address: 746 Highland St., Hamilton, MA 01982
Northbound from Mass Pike: 128/I-95 North. 24 miles from Pike, I-95 separates from 128. Stay on 128 North to Exit 20-A/North Rt. 1-A in Beverly. Go 2.3 miles to Wenham Center. Left on Arbor Street (becomes Highland Street). GHF 3.5 miles on left. 
Southbound: Rt. 95 to Exit 54. Left on Rt. 133 East for 3.2 miles to Rt. 1. Right on Rt. 1 South for 4 miles to traffic light. Left on Ipswich Road for 2.5 miles. Right on Willowdale Road (becomes Winthrop Street) to end. Left on Highland Street for 1/2 mile to GHF, 746 Highland. Driveway on left.


USEF/USEA Recognized Division:IP,P,P-JY
USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions:PT,T,TN,N

Tentative Schedule:
Thurs: Cross-country course open-3 pm.
Fri: Dressage-8:30 am.
Sat: Cross-country-7:30 am.
Sun: Show Jumping-9 am.
Starting Times:

Postings for entry status and start times at and

Event Officials
TD: Sue Smithson, NC
Judges: Pres: Helen Bretell, VA
Dressage Judges:   Keith Angstadt, MA; Lori Barnard, VT;  Susanne Hamilton, FL; Cindi Rose Wylie, MA
Show Jumping Judge:  Ray Denis, MA
CD:X-C: Janine Preece McClain, VT  SJ: Marc Donovan, NC
Entry Information

Send Entries to:
Liz Wheaton, Secretary, PO Box 1, 321 Sagamore Street
Hamilton, MA 01936
Contact secretary by phone; do not e-mail Groton House about any entry issues: (978) 312-6216; During event: (508) 801-3944

Groton House requests that you submit your entry through  Please complete 2017 entry form ONLINE at  Event Entries accepts credit cards and GHF will refund early scratches IMMEDIATELY after the closing date in June.  You may also submit digital signatures and digital Coggins (within 12 months) through Event Entries.  Otherwise,  enter electronically and, within 5 days, provide missing materials either by mail or you may scan your signature page and Coggins and email to [email protected].  That address is a send only address exclusively for Coggins and signatures, not for entry issues which will not be received there.   Call the secretary with entry issues.  If any materials which may be needed to complete electronic entries are not postmarked within 5 days, entry "postmark date" will be changed to reflect date they were postmarked, not the date of the electronic entry. Support materials mailed for opening day entries must be postmarked on or before May 15. 

?LATE/INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE OPENING DAY ENTRIES DRAW.  If you submit an entry either electronically or by paper, GHF assumes you intend to compete, and if not, it is your responsibility to withdraw before closing date.  Otherwise, you are responsible for your entry fees.

Any entry materials received after closing day:  LATE FEE $50.  Late fee policy strictly enforced.  No exceptions.

Org: New England Foundation for Equine Sports & Education.

Entry: All horse trial divisions: $250.00, Dressage schooling test:  $35 per test. 
Pinny deposit: $ 25.00 (no pinney deposit for dressage only competitors).
Stabling: $200.00  for the duration.
Clean stall deposit: $50.00.
CREDIT CARD: For entry or entry/stabling paid by credit card through Event Entries,  missing pinney ($25) and "muck/ clean stall" fees will be deducted after the event only if necessary.
CHECK:  If not paying by credit card through Event Entries, draw checks to NEFESE/GHF.  Send two or three separate checks for each horse: Check #1-Total of entry, USEA/USEF fees and stabling fee if appropriate. (PT entries pay USEA fees, no USEF fees) Check #2: pinny deposit. Check #3: clean stall deposit if stabling. No Canadian or foreign checks accepted.  All funds must be drawn on U.S. banks with U.S. routing numbers.

Refunds: Before C.D.-Less $25 non-refundable office fee.  Refunds for early scratches, including entries paid by credit card, will be made IMMEDIATELY after the closing date in June.  After C.D.-No refund. Competition cancellation-No refund. 
USEA Starter and D&M Fees Refund Policy: The USEA Starter and D&M fees ($21) are not subjected to office fees, and shall be returned within 30 days of the competition to any accepted rider who does not start the dressage test.
IP, PT and TN will be run if sufficient demand. Otherwise, only OP, OT or ON will be offered. Final decision on divisions will be posted at on Friday, June 2; withdrawals must be made before closing date. Incomplete entries will be placed at the bottom of the list of entries.  Entries limited. Special scheduling requests must be submitted with entry.  IP/P/JYOP entries must include USEF membership numbers for rider and trainer and owner. Competitors must have documentation of RHINO/FLU vaccinations within six months of the competition.  USEA membership and horse registration required at all levels. 
Changes/scratches: Timely phone calls encouraged but must be followed by written notification by mail.  Do not email. Changes after closing date incur $50 fee.  Changes of level received after Monday, 6/12 not accepted.  Substitution of horse or rider only as per USEF Eventing Rule EV106.9.

Accepted entries posted at after C.D. No wait list maintained thereafter. Entries of those owing NEFESE/GHF for unreturned pinney or other outstanding charges will be drawn last.
Competitor Information

Trophy & 8 ribbons per division.

Irish Draught Horse Society of North America Awards:  On your entry, please identify registered horses.

Limited. Stalls 10' x 10'.  Overflow stabling off-grounds, $200 for duration. If paying by check, add $200 to entry check (for each horse separately), with clean stall deposit ($50) as separate check/s. USEA stabling form must accompany entry.  Temp. stalls on grounds. Feed, hay, bedding available for purchase. Stall doors provided. NO ELECTRICAL HOOKUPS for vehicles or appliances. No extension cords or cables permitted in stabling tents. Veterinarian: SRH Veterinary Services, (978) 356.-1119. # will be posted in stabling area.


Whittier Motel -3 mi. recently reopened (978) 356-5202; Country Garden 7 mi., (978) 948.-7773. Lakeview Motor Lodge (Beverly Garden Suites).-5 mi., (978) 922.-7535.  Kaede B&B-3 mi. (978) 356-8000. Arbor Inn Motel- 4 mi., (978)356-0220. Essex River House Motel, -8 mi., (978)768-6800.  Village Green.-12 mi., (978) 774.-7270. Motel 6-14 mi., (978) 774-8045. Comfort Inn-13 mi., (978) 777-1700. Sheraton Ferncroft-12 mi., (978) 777-2500.

Test & arena sizes IP-2014 USEF Intermediate Eventing Test B-Std. OP-2014 USEF Preliminary Eventing Test B-Std. NAJYRC selection divisions-designated tests.  PT-2014 Preliminary Eventing Test A-Sm.  OT-2014 USEF Training Eventing Test B-Sm. TN-2014 Training EventingTest A-Sm.  ON-2014 USEF Novice Eventing Test A-Sm.
If IP, PT, and/or TN divisions are cancelled due to lack of subscription, entries will revert to OP, OT, and/or ON respectively and their attendant dressage tests. See web site June 2. 

Grass warm-ups and arenas.

Dressage schooling tests: Horse trial competitors may ride a dressage schooling test. Dressage schooling tests are also open to competitors not participating in the horse trials. Go to for entry form & info. Mail schooling entry, with Coggins and check.  Every effort will be made to schedule schooling rides before horse trial dressage tests.  Schooling results will be available only after the horse trial dressage phase is completed.

IP/P: +/-  3000 m @ 520 mpm. PT/T: +/- 2300 m @ 450 mpm. TN/ ON: +/- 2000m @ 360 mpm. Terrain: Good galloping. Open fields; excellent footing with turf management. All courses: Moderately challenging. 
Groton House Dangerous Riding Policy:  Competitors will be RED FLAGGED for excess speed or for otherwise endangering themselves or their horses.  Riders MUST STOP when flagged and leave the course.  See also Eventing Rule 112.

SHOW JUMPING: Grass:  all warm-ups and rings. Dimensions for N, TN 210' x 290'; dimensions for T, PT JYOP, OP IP 260' x 260'. NAJYRC: designated championship tests

Other Information:
Cross-country course closed:  Sorry, no cross-country schooling available at Groton House.
Levels may be divided/combined as entries warrant.
Food on grounds.
Dogs must be leashed. $60 loose dog fine.
Go to for information regarding other 2017 competitions at Groton House, including the May 27th Dressage and Two Phase Schooling Show and the June 18th Dressage Schooling Show and Three Phase GHF Summer Classic offering  Elementary and Beginner Novice.  See also September's Fall Classic info posted on our website.

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