2014 Calendar of Events
More information about each event will be posted as the date draws near. All events to be held at Wedgewood Stable at Writes Farm, unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. – noon*
Volunteer Training Day/Equus Fun Day
This event is open to both new and continuing volunteers.
To our current volunteers: We'd love to have you on hand to brush up your skills and to help show new volunteers what to do.
Volunteer training will focus on the specifics of grooming and tacking horses, helping riders mount, leading and sidewalking during lessons, helping riders dismount, and untacking horses.
After some time devoted to learning the basics, volunteers will get hands-on training in helping Equus riders compete in some fun, low-key games on horseback. Wedgewood riders are also welcome to participate in the games.
*Volunteer training will begin at 9:00. Games will commence at 10:30.
Sunday, April 6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Equus Benefit Horse Show
Low-key open horse show, ideal for riders new to showing and fun for everyone.
All ages, abilities, and disciplines welcome.
Six Flat Championship Divisions:
1. Beginner Walk/Trot Assisted
2. Beginner Walk/Trot Independent
3. Green Horse Walk/Trot
4. Advanced Walk/Trot
5. Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter
6. Advanced Walk Trot Canter
Classes in these divisions will be: Equitation, Pleasure, Command, Pattern, Trail
Three Jumping Championship Divisions:
1. Walk/Trot Ground Poles
2. Walk/Trot Cross Rails (6-inch)
3. Walk/Trot/Canter 12-inch
4. Walk/Trot/Canter 18-inch
Two fun classes: Leadline, Sit-a-Buck
Click here for flyer.
Click here for class list and rules.
Click here for entry forms.
$10/class. SAVE by pre-entering (before April 2): $7.50/class.
Food booth: Plan to buy your lunch!
And back by popular demand: Nancy Hayden's Famous Ticket Auction
Great raffle prizes!!
All proceeds to benefit the Equus Therapeutic riding program
for children and adults with special needs.
Sunday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Open gymkhana. Class list, rules, and entry forms to be posted soon.
Sunday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ride-a-Thon (at Wedgewood)
Trail ride open to Equus and non-Equus riders who gather sponsors. Three divisions: Leadline, Slow Independent (walk/trot), and Advanced Independent (walk/trot/canter). Participants must gather minimum of $40 in sponsors. Free lunch for participants. Prizes for those who gather the most sponsors.
Mondays and Wednesdays, July 7 – August 6, 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Summer Horsemanship and Riding Lessons for Adams-Cheshire School Group
Sixteen riders from teh Adams-Cheshire school district will take part in mounted and unmounted horesmanship lessons for five weeks.
This project has been supported by a grant from the William and Margery Barrett Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. For more information on the foundation, please click here.
Sunday, September 21, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Special Olympics Equestrian Festival
Equus is hosting this event for the fifth year in a row. Open to Equus riders and other special-needs riders in western Massachusetts. Classes are Equitation and Working Trail. Divisions range from Assisted Walk-Only to Independent Walk/Trot/Canter. Organized in conjunction with the Massachusetts Special Olympics Committee.
Sunday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Equus Benefit Horse Show
Low-key open horse show. Class list, rules, and entry forms to be posted soon.
Sunday, October 26, 10:00 – 4:00
Equus Benefit Gentle Gymkhana
A walk/trot gymkhana, with some fun classes (including a costume class). Class list, rules, and entry forms to be posted soon.
Sunday, November 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
"Dancing with the Horses" drill team performance
This is our fifth year for this super-fun event. Teams of horses and riders performing synchronized routines to music.