Hunt-seat riders are welcome to submit entries for The Farmers’ Museum’s 14th Annual Benefit Horse Show, scheduled for Sunday, June 13, at the Iroquois Farm Showgrounds on County Route 33, in Cooperstown.
The show, which offers equestrians the opportunity to test their horsemanship skills, features a range of classes for beginner through open riders.
Riders and spectators alike will enjoy the course featuring handcrafted jumps representing local landmarks in Cooperstown.
The 4th Annual Horse Show Clinic will be conducted by Timmy Kees from Westport, Conn. With over 35 years experience on the ``A’’ horse show circuit, W.T. (``Timmy’’) Kees is one of the country’s most prominent hunter/equitation trainers. His riders have won the ASPCA Maclay, USEF Medal and USET equitation finals a total of seven times. Kees has also trained hunters such as Holy Smoke, Watership Down and Castaway to championships at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington and The National Horse Show.
He is a USEF ``R’’ judge and conducts clinics throughout the country. Kees was recently inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. He is based at Red Gate Farm in Newtown, Conn, where he trains horses and riders for the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions with partners Olympic gold medalist Leslie Burr Howard and Grand Prix riders Molly Ashe Cawley and Chris Cawley.
The clinic will be held on Saturday, June 12, and is open to riders of all ages, levels, and abilities riding horses or ponies. Participants must be able to jump at least two feet.
Overnight stabling off-site and a discount on entry fees is available for registrants who will be participating in the clinic and the show. Four sessions are available. Space is limited and registration is required by June 9.
Registration forms are available on the website at Farmers-Museum.org.
The 14th Annual Benefit Horse Show will be held on Sunday, June 13. A warm-up over-fences class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. The show begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine.
Championships will be awarded as well as The Josef Neckermann Perpetual Trophy, presented to the best child rider; The John Moffat Perpetual Trophy, granted to the Champion in the Equitation Division; The Coral Island Leading Hunter Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the horse scoring the most points entered in the children’s, adult and/or open divisions; and The Good Sportsmanship Award, will be presented to a rider, trainer, or parent who exemplifies good conduct, character and overall good sportsmanship.
The Annual Patrons’ Luncheon will also be offered at noon featuring a champagne luncheon coupled with ringside seating under the tent.. Tickets are $45 per person (adult) and $10 (12 and under). Reservations are required by June 1. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Laura Gattoni at 607-547-1471 or email Development@nysha.org. For a prize list, information on the horse show or clinic, contact Meg Preston at (607) 547-1452 or visit the web site at FarmersMuseum.org.
Admission to the show is free. Dogs are welcome at the show, but must be leashed at all times. Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day.