Every year, riders from kids on ponies to Olympic hopefuls converge at Inavale Farm in Philomath for three days of equestrian competition. Inavale hosts Oregon’s only nationally recognized combined training event — basically a triathlon on horseback.
The three days of horse trials kick off Friday, June 27, with dressage, or as Stephen Colbert would have it, competitive horse prancing, from 8am to 5pm. The cross-country jumping runs 8:30am-5:30pm Saturday, June 28, and that’s the most popular day for spectators as they can walk right out on the field and watch as horses and riders whiz by as fast as 20 mph jumping through water and over logs, ditches, brush and more.
Competition wraps up Sunday afternoon with show jumping (and a little more cross country, too). The horse show takes place at Inavale Farm, 31786 Horse Farm Ln., Philomath, call 929-5706 or see http://wkly.ws/1s3. FREE.
— Camilla Mortensen