The newly designed Magister Equitum cross-country equestrian course is groomed and ready for 155 or more eventers bringing more than 170 horses from the five-state area and Canada to compete in the third annual Roebke’s Run horse trials the weekend of July 12-13.
A winter-long cross-country project at Magister Equitum Stables located between Hector and Fairfax, has included the addition of new jump stations which now number 32, making it one of the premier eventing courses in the state and one of the best in the nation.
“We’re really excited that this event has continued to show enormous popularity among competing riders from all over the country. The reputation of our expanded facility, which can now stable 228 horses and how we run a well-organized show is bringing in the largest contingent of riders to date, and we look for those numbers to grow even more in the future,” said show organizer Julie Schweiss.
More than 30 individuals, from judges to the stadium crew coordinate their efforts making this massive two-day endeavor a success each year. Riders and their families, as well as members of the public, come to watch beautiful horses compete on the course and within the stadium ring.
Riders are going to be competing in six divisions ranging from starter to intermediate. Saturday events begin at 7 a.m. with dressage. Dressage is the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance. Eventing is an equestrian sport in which competitors must take part in each of several contests, usually cross-country, dressage and show jumping.
These competitions are seen every four years in the summer Olympics and are popular sports worldwide.
Cross-country competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. following the dressage award ceremony. A golf cart service is going to be available at the concessions area to bring visitors and viewers to the new water complex area giving them the best location to observe multiple cross-country jumps. There is no charge for admission, and members of the public are encouraged to make it an enjoyable family outing.
Sunday is reserved for stadium ring show-jumping events which begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at approximately 4 p.m.
“The entire atmosphere of Roebke’s Run is very appealing,” noted John Williams, a nationally recognized cross-country course designer who has spent considerable time on the course design. “As a combined team effort, we have managed to pull it together.”
Magister Equitum Stables is located eight miles south of Hector on County Road 4.
For more info about the event, call Julie Schweiss or Brook Schweiss-Mead at (320) 894-8831.
Finishing touches are all that’s left for Roebke’s Run Inter-mediate October horse trials which take on a Halloween theme flavor the first week in October.
Page 2 of 2 - Nationally recognized cross-country course designer, John Williams, has spent considerable time and energy this past year upgrading Roebke’s Run 86-acre cross-country course at Mag-ister Equitum Stables in Hector to FEI One Star rating status. He is a guy who knows his horses and who knows his courses.
The FEI One Star rating promotes young riders to compete on the course and ultimately compete in the FEI North America Junior and Young Rider Championships. The intermediate ranking would bring in the more advanced riders.
“Putting together a course is actually like putting together a puzzle,” said Williams. I have to come up with a track here that feels the way the riders want – forward, open and galloping, not tight and twisty.”
Bumping up to intermediate and One Star level is a big deal, but relatively easy to ac-complish here with the team that Roebke’s Run has put together.
There are going to be a total of three water complexes, a Weldon’s Wall, two coffin ditches and pirate ship jumps at the new water complex, along with four treasure chest jumps have been added to the course as well.
At this point in time, Roebke’s Run coordinators, Julie Schweiss and Brook Schweiss-Mead are planning to conduct the three-day intermediate trials FEI One Star event Oct. 4-6.
For more on Magister Equitum Stables or Roebke’s Run, visit their Web site at: www.magisterequitum.com, visit them on Facebook or at www.Schweiss Stables.com.