Downeast Medal Finals

September 12, 13, 14, 2014

Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Skowhegan, Maine
Affordable & inviting! No membership required!

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What comes to mind when you think of Maine? Beautiful mountains, amazing coastline, hiking in the fall, moose, snow, cold, snowmobiling, and so much more. If championship equitation final is not the first item on your list, perhaps you should give that a second thought when making out your show schedule for 2015.

September 11-14, 2014, Skowhegan, Maine was the site of the 6th annual Downeast Medal Finals that were yet again, an overwhelming success. Before you say “where is Skowhegan, ME and it is too far?” Check it out! Many are pleasantly surprised to find that it takes just as long to go to HITS, Saratoga or many other places we have on our show list.

This is the third year that IDEXX Laboratories has been the Title Sponsor and they are already on board for year four. IDEXX Laboratories, headquartered in Maine, is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services.

New to the show this year Chad Little Outdoor Power, along with John Deere, were the Official Equipment Sponsors. In conjunction with Bruce Weeks and Chad Little Outdoor Power, we were delighted to host a Make A Wish child for the Saturday afternoon Team Challenge, exhibitors party, and awards.

“In keeping with the mission of the show we have tried to keep it as an obtainable finals for riders who otherwise can’t get to other medal final competitions as well as a stepping stone for those who are trying to move upward,” said Kate McDaniel, trainer and board member.

As usual the Saturday Team Challenge was an over the top hit. Kitty-cats, fairies, monsters, and other assorted costumed teams took to the ring all competing with no adult supervision, proving they really have learned what their trainers and parents have been teaching them over the years.

Judge and course designer Ken Whelihan from Otis, MA set courses that were very specific to the up and coming rider. “Bringing some technical questions to the Downeast finals courses by design pushed some of the riders comfort zone. Everyone was welcoming and enthusiastic about these challenges. The riders were well up to the questions asked. I feel the exhibitors were presented with a well run finals that showed them what they are capable of,” Whelihan commented.

Next year management plans to add additional open classes in an effort to allow trainers to bring more horses and riders.

All in all, the show was a huge success and we hope to see you all in September 2015. Results for the medal classes can be found here.


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RINGSIDE TABLES & DECORATING CONTEST! New for this year we are having ringside tables for sale. They will be located on the right hand side of the arena near the bleachers. These will be tables of 10, but there will be a limited number of them, so it is first come, first serve! The cost is $115.00 for the weekend. Each barn that purchases a table will be entered into a TABLE DECORATING CONTEST, that will be judged on Sunday. Go crazy, be sophisticated or just "horse around" with the décor! Remember there will be a limited number so please make sure you order your early. Prize for the winner to be announced.

This year will be the sixth Downeast Medal Finals!
Join us this September at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds for a fun and inviting weekend!

Skowhegan, Maine, isn't too far and has lots to offer: easy highway drive, plenty of nearby lodging and restaurants, and the beautiful, spacious Fairgrounds! With plenty of good stabling, great footing, and new beautiful jumps, you won't want to miss this year!

The Downeast Medal Finals is proud to offer a scholarship to one lucky rider to offset some of your Finals' expenses. See the News page for more information!

The Finals will once again be hosting Hunter Derbies (with monetary prizes!), the ever so popular Team Challenge, and the complementary Exhibitor's Party. As always, Downeast Medal Finals will have great trophies (leather halters, saddle pads, coolers!) and beautiful ribbons for competitors. We hope you will join us for this fun way to conclude your season!