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Harford County 4-H OPEN JUDGED PLEASURE TRAIL RIDE Includes LUNCH!

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Sweet Air Park, Gunpowder State Park

2840 Dalton Bevard Road

Baldwin, MD 21013

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*PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING AN EVENT SPONSOR OR MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION, PLEASE SELECT THE 9AM-12:00 SLOT; OTHERWISE SELECT YOUR PREFERRED RIDE TIME AND PAY ACCORDINGLY* THANK YOU!

RIDE BENEFITS THE HARFORD COUNTY 4-H YOUTH HORSE EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

Place: Sweet Air Park Area Registration: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Gunpowder State Park - Baldwin, MD Riders begin on trail: 9:30 a.m.

2840 Dalton Bevard Road off Moores Road Times will be allotted at 10 minute intervals

****PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE A MINIMUM OF 45 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR PLANNED RIDE-- A MAXIMUM OF 6 RIDERS PER GROUP PLEASE******

***PLEASE BE PREPARED TO RIDE AT YOUR EXACT PLANNED CHOSEN RIDE TIME TO AVOID BEING BUMPED TO A LATER TIME SLOT***

IN ADDITION TO REGISTERING, YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN WAIVER FORMS AND SUBMIT PROOF OF NEGATIVE COGGINS. YOU WILL BE EMAILED THOSE FORMS TO SIGN AND RETURN AHEAD OR BRING ON DAY OF EVENT OR YOU MAY RETRIEVE THEM AT THE WEBSITE http://extension.umd.edu/harford-county

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ENTRY FEES: Early bird registration fee is $25 (Early bird rate for Non-4-H Youth $23 and 4-H Youth is $22) and payments are accepted by credit card or if paying by check, envelope must be postmarked by September 1 ($30 after September 1). Credit card payment is available at checkout with a convenience fee included. The number of rider slots is limited so enter early. Make checks payable to: HARFORD COUNTY EAC.

No refunds will be made unless the request is accompanied by a vet’s or physician’s certificate. No entries will be taken by phone. All of this information can be accessed online at http://extension.umd.edu/harford-county.

DIVISIONS: Junior 10 and under, Intermediate 11-13, Senior 14–18 and adults 19+. Age categories are subject to change by the committee. Ages are as of January 1, 2015. Riders over 18 will be in the Adult Division. Any breed or age class which has 10 or more entries will form a division. Those lacking 10 entries will be combined by the committee to produce the best division.

CHECK-IN: Every participant needs to check-in at the registration table upon arrival to receive a number and ensure proper registration.

START TIMES: Groups of no more than six will start on the trail at 10 minute intervals, beginning at 9:30, 9:40, 9:50, 10:00 etc. First group out must know the trail to verify each checkpoint, and the last group out takes down all markers and lets each judge know that they are the last group. Start times are selected through this registration site as they are received (first come – first served). You will receive confirmation and can edit your order after registering.

JUDGING: The ride will be judged on how well the horse and rider negotiate the type of obstacles encountered on the average trail ride. The ride can be completed within three hours at a walk. This is not an endurance ride. Any horse finishing the ride under obvious stress will result in points lost or possible disqualification of that horse’s rider. Riders will begin the ride at regular timed intervals to prevent extended waits at the checkpoints. In the event there are fewer than 25 horses entered in the ride, the committee reserves the right to judge this ride based on an obstacle course at the beginning and the end of the ride rather than at the points along the trail.

AWARDS: One trophy and 10 ribbons will be awarded in each breed and age division. Trophies will also be awarded to the highest total point 4-H entry in the senior, intermediate and junior divisions; the highest total point adult division; the highest total point non 4-H youth division; and the highest total overall points out of all participants.

PARK RULES: We are privileged to use the Sweet Air Park facilities. Please observe all park rules and regulations. Please bring a trash bag or other type of container to remove and take with you any manure from your horse in the parking area.

WATER: There is no water available at the park for drinking or sponging down your horse. You must bring your own.

REQUIREMENTS: A negative coggins within 12 months is required. ALL riders must sign the attached disclaimer. Adult riders must sign the Over 18 Release and Informed Consent form and all youth must have the Parental Release and Informed Consent form signed by a parent/guardian and themselves. ALL riders (4-H, non 4-H and adults) must wear an approved helmet at all times when mounted and hard toed shoes. All riders must check in at the entry table the morning of the ride. All participants must supply their own water for their animals. It is highly recommended that your horse/pony be current on all immunizations, especially Flu/Rhino, for the benefit of your animal and that of others.

CONDITIONS: This judged trail ride is intended to be a fun event as well as a fundraiser for the Harford County 4-H Horse Program. Along the two-three hour trail will be approximately 10 checkpoints where the horse and rider must negotiate an obstacle which may be somewhat difficult but not dangerous. At one or more checkpoints, the horse may be required to travel at a gait faster than a walk. If you feel an obstacle is unsafe, skip it and continue on.

LUNCH: After the ride, while judges are tallying scores, riders can enjoy their lunch which is included in their entry fee. Additional lunches, at a cost of $5.00 each, should be ordered on the trail ride registration form. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Meals each include one soda. Additional sodas/water will be available for purchase.

RULES: 1. Passing the lead horse will result in disqualification. You may only pass another group on the trail if you request and are granted permission to pass from the other group.

  1. No alcoholic beverages or smoking are allowed at any 4-H sponsored event.
  2. Follow one color ribbon. Color will be noted the day of the ride.
  3. At the ribbon checkpoints, STOP, tell the judge your number, then proceed one at a time through the checkpoint.
  4. Groups stay together at all times.
  5. It is your responsibility to make sure that your group has a responsible adult or older youth in it.

DIRECTIONS: From Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take exit 32 to US Rt.1 North. Route 1 to Rt. 152 North. Turn left at the traffic light. Take Rt. 152 North to Rt. 165. Turn left. Turn right onto Green Road (just a short distance on Rt. 165). Go 1.2 miles to Moores Road. Turn right. Take Moores Road ½ mile to Dalton Bevard Road. Park entrance on left.

From PA via I-83 to Bel Air, MD exit Rt. 439 to Rt. 23. Turn right. Rt. 23 to Jarrettsville traffic light. Turn right onto Rt. 165. Continue on Rt. 165 across Rt. 152. Turn right on Green Road. Proceed as above.

For more information, call Kathy Porcella or Cynthia Warner at 410-638-3255.

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2840 Dalton Bevard Road

Baldwin, MD 21013

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