It’s that time of the year when I’ve got ants in my pants. While some of you are already hitting green grass at a gallop, we’re still covered in snow dreaming about one day actually being able to see the ground beyond the white.
So, to keep me motivated, and from going insane, I figured it was time for a good ‘ole blog hop! And what better, than to discuss our favorite show or event. So, go ahead and tell us where you love to go, and enjoy learning about my most favorite event, Inavale Farm Horse Trial.
Held every year at the end of June, Inavale has become a regular event for our barn to attend. And while it doesn’t draw the crowds Rebecca Farm does, or have the super cool, elaborately designed course that Aspen Farm does, what it does have is great footing, a relaxed and professional vibe in one of the most beautiful locations ever.
I love nature, horses, quiet locations, and nice people. And Inavale has all of these things. You head into the town of Corvallis, where Oregon State University is, and a few turns later, the roads narrow, you’re surrounded by hay fields and you can feel your blood pressure drop.
A right turn onto a dirt road leads you under a thicket of pine trees and then you pop out into hay fields for as far as the eye can see. Oh wait, that’s wrong. There’s also a pine tree farm up on a hill, so the fields just blend out across the vista, until they hit a bright shot of green trees.
The footing is fantastic. Soft and bouncy due to all the rain they get. And while both dressage and show jumping are held on grass, I’m willing to forgive that since the arena’s are rarely ever anything but perfect.
Their cross country course used to be considered stout, but people complained and they’ve toned it back a bit. Which makes me sad, I like a good, safe, challenge. Inavale’s cross country has it all. Varied terrain that takes you up and down hills and in and out of the forest. Drops and banks and ditches abound, along with some really nice stretches where you can gallop.
It’s one of the few events I’ve been to where everyone is friendly and laid back, but it still runs on time and people know what they’re doing and get shit done.
It doesn’t hurt that I’ve come in 3rd place on two different horses, once at Novice and once at Training. They always have really good prizes 🙂
I don’t think June and I will be ready for Inavale this year, especially since it is the furthest event away from us, at 11-12 hours driving time. But I know I’ll be back soon and I cannot wait to turn that corner onto the dirt road and be greeted by that vista.