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Equestrian Competition Development in Nova Scotia
Since the first viewing of the 22 acre field under snow in March of 2004, Jill Barker and a dedicated group of volunteers have been steadily developing a competition venue outside of Windsor, Nova Scotia. The first year of competition re-introduced grass show rings to competitors, for many, their first time competing on grass. In 2009, construction of two adjoining sand rings was completed. The site in 2010 provided two large grass rings dedicated to hunter competition and two adjoining sand rings which host jumper competitions. A permanent gazebo was constructed in August of 2010 which has become a welcome base for the show office, as well as announcer and judge working areas. In the early part of 2011, the sand rings were refurbished and re-fenced for the coming competition season. In June of 2012, a number of new wings were built and our permanent bank built, packed and seeded! The property continues to evolve with landscaping of a beautiful perennial garden on the hill, tree plantings as well as several hacking trails that are in development. Fast forward to 2018! Sand rings were refurbished and are now able to be maintained on a regular basis with the addition of a customized ring drag and water wagon. A regulation portable dressage ring will enable us to offer dressage clinics and future competitions. We welcomed a pole wagon to ease setting up of the fences for competitions. Jump refurbishment over the summer and wings in the future for 2019. The grass field has matured nicely with the removal of the old ring fencing last year and provides a great area for natural fences and riding.
Horses At Work thanks Jump Canada for Venue Improvement Grant
These funds were used for jump refurbishment, and continued facility development in 2012.
Owner Jill I. Barker