Downeast Medal Finals
September 12, 13, 14, 2014
Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Skowhegan, Maine
Affordable & inviting! No membership required!
New for 2014 there will be a Championship and Reserve Championship given in each division.
We are now offering eight medal classes. There has been an addition of a Modified Junior Class at 2’3″, open to Juniors who have not competed at 3′ in the previous year.
Please note, many of the class names and requirements have changed for 2014. Check out the Classes Page for more information.
Warm-ups will start on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Starting at 12:00pm going until 4:00pm.
The show will start Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:00am. Warm-up will be 6:00am to 7:30am, starting with 18″ up to 2’9″.
Saturday warm-ups will be from 6:00am to 7:30am, starting with 18″ up to 2’9″.
Sunday warm-ups will be from 7:00am to 8:30am. The show will start at 9:00am.
Campers: NO campers will be allowed on the fence line closest to the riding arena.
Downeast Medal Finals 2013:
Not even the rain on Friday the 13th could dampen the spirits of the riders, trainers, and parents who were attending the Fifth Annual Downeast Medal Finals. With a record number of 145 riders qualified for this year’s finals scheduling was sure to be a challenge. This was a challenge that the management was prepared for and met head on. While maintaining the highest standards, each day finished in time for everyone to make dinner plans. The combination of fantastic courses and the excellent cooperation of trainers made the show run smoothly and keep everyone upbeat.
“It’s a wonderful show to put together and run,” said show manager Peggy Lynch from Essex, MA. “This is my second year here and I am delighted with how the show is going, the town is very welcoming with great restaurants and places to stay. We still have things we want to change for next year as we will be anticipating even more horses and riders, but for the most part we feel we are on the right track.”
IDEXX, the title sponsor, is in its second year with the show. 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. Farm Family, Allied Realty, Blue Seal, Shain’s of Maine are just a few of the sponsors who support this show. “We are very fortunate to also have many of the stables and farms support us as well”, said Ginger Klingenstein, Committee Member. “Without this continued support from not only the corporate world but from our trainers and parents, the show would not be able to give back everything that we do for our exhibitors.”
Saturday’s Team Challenge is always a big hit and this year didn’t disappoint. The thirty-two riders combined into eight teams marched into the ring for their course walk dressed in costumes ranging from the Cowboys to the Scary Witches including hats and brooms. The parents were able to watch all of this while enjoying our exhibitor’s dinner compliments of Pizza Hut and Subway, from Showhegan, The Barn, in York and of course Shain’s of Maine.
The Sunday Medal classes from Walk-Trot Poles to three foot Junior Equitation ran seamlessly with the well thought out courses of judge Amy Eidson. “The Downeast Medal Finals were a wonderful event to officiate. The large covered arena, friendly staff and a division for everyone to show in made for a fantastic show. It was a great competition! Fun town too!” If you didn’t attend this year, make sure you qualify and attend September 12-14, 2014. You will be glad you did.
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!