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Going Solo!

Sunday, September 1, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Going Solo


This year, for the first time, NEDA Fall Festival will have the expansive grounds at Saugerties all to itself. Since we moved the show to that location a number of years ago,
we have shared the facility with the finals of the Marshall Sterling Jumper series. At first the two shows meshed well, with the jumpers providing an interesting diversion for dressage show participants. But, over the years, both shows grew larger and what began as a suitable complement turned into challenging logistics and some difficult conflicts. We are delighted that HITS on the Hudson management was able to rearrange the schedule for the grounds so that we could have the grounds to ourselves one week later.

What does this mean for competitors? It likely means stabling nearer to the competition venue, especially if you are an early bird in signing up. It also will mean warm up in a less crowded environment, closer to your competition ring. It means a less congested vendor area with room for more vendors. And it means fewer distractions for your horse on the way from the barn to the warm up area. The venue also allows us to expand our VIP area and o er improved and expanded social events as part of the show.

Over the years, these are the complaints we have heard about the venue, so we are hoping that this change will make for a greatly improved competitor experience.

NEDA Fall Festival encompasses several di erent competitions. It is the USDF Region 8 Championships and the Breeders New England Qualifi er and Championships.  We also host a CDI competition within the show, with separate stabling and warm up area, and an open show that supports competitors in the other parts of the show. It has grown to be one of the largest competitions in the country, and completely outgrew its allotted space on the HITS show grounds. We hope you appreciate this change and are eager for your feedback as we settle into the new space. Enjoy the show!

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