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Horse Trials 2023

July 2—July 23—August 13—October 1


2023 Introductory Level Test B

2-Phase, Ground Poles Stadium Course



2023 Introductory Level Test B

 3-Phase, Fences not to exceed 20”


Puddle Jumper  

2022 Beginner Novice Test A

3-Phase, Fences approx. 2


Beginner Novice

2022 Beginner Novice Test B

3-Phase, Fences not to exceed 2’6


Also offered at each event: 

*2-Phase Divisions. Ride a test of your choice that is offered here, and a stadium jump course of your choice that is offered here. Or ride a test, and cross country round without stadium.

*NEW! 2 1/2 phase! Dressage & Stadium, plus a short 5-fence cross country course, friendly location and well supervised. For those who want to try it without going far out into the woods and meadows.

*"mix & match" division, choose your test and fence heights. Test must be of equal or higher level that jump heights. For example: BN Test A, & grasshopper jumps.

*Dressage Division— ride just a test, or tests, or a test in addition to your 2 or 3 phase entry (priority given to 2 & 3 phase entrants, limited to 30 total entries)

*team challenge; 3 riders who team up for the event and have lowest total cumulative scores as a team at the end of the day will win great prizes! You must be at least participating in 2-Phase to enter.

*High point dressage of the day award.



Horse Amour Horse Trial Rules

1. Proper headgear is required at all times when mounted. ASTM certified helmet with secure harness. Equestrian protective vests required for the jumping phases. (Available in our Tack Shop for sale, vests are also available to rent for a fee of $5 from show secretary)

2. Current Negative coggins and proof of rabies required. Signed entry and release form required. ENTRIES CLOSE THURSDAY PRIOR TO EVENT DATE. Late fee: $25.

3. Calling of test to 2-phase or 3-phase riders is discouraged, however it is a schooling show and will be allowed with permission from the show secretary, calling will be permitted for Judged Dressage. No unauthorized assistance on Cross Country, no calling of stadium fences. Calling of course will be penalized by 20 penalties per call.

4. After a third refusal, move on to the next fence. If you make a fourth attempt you will be asked to discontinue. Other than this there will be no elimination, unless safety of horse or rider is in question, or in case of the fall of a horse, or second fall of a rider on the same course as first fall. Schooling by permission at conclusion of event, for anyone with a trainer and/or schooling issue on course. Schooling will be permitted for anyone for an additional fee.

5. No martingales in Dressage. Snaffle bits required, alternative bits must be approved by Horse Amour staff prior to beginning competition, and may carry an additional penalty from judge. Safety is our priority, pelhams, wonder bits, kimberwickes allowed for X/C with permission, alternative bits may be permitted by management w/prior declaration and approval.

6. After closing date no refund. In case of cancellation of competition, full refund. Our entries do not close until Thursday! Check that forecast, and entries scratched on Thursday will be refunded in full if extreme weather is forecast, ie; above 85 degrees, torrential rains or below freezing temps. If unexpected extreme weather is in effect, that prohibits safe trailering of horses, talk with show secretary about possible credits toward future Trials if you have paid an entry and do not feel safe transporting in. 

7. Change of horse for year end points will be allowed only if the horse becomes unsound or is sold. Points may not be transferred to a different division. Enter"mix & match" division if you think you will be surfing the divisions throughout the season. Points for year end prizes will only be counted if year end awards are sponsored for that year.

8. Overnite stabling or paddocks may be available, contact staff for availability & prices. There is not always availability for stabling.

9. Contesting scores: you have 30 minutes to file a complaint after scores have been posted. Jump judges will remain available for this time. All judges decisions are final. Our fence judges are volunteers who help make this competition possible. Please be kind and appreciative.

10. Minimum time for Cross Country will be determined and posted before the event, and will be very reasonable. 10 penalties per minute will be accrued by riders exceeding the time limit. Not all Trials are timed. We will let you know.

11. Absolutely no unnecessary roughness or abuse of animals will be tolerated.

12. Judged Dressage and 2-Phase will be scored in penalty points to accomodate all tests.

13. Copies of tests available on the website (

14. This is a horse trials-- please make other arrangements for your dog.

15. We cannot prearrange fair weather. Our events will be held rain or shine, if weather becomes dangerous (i.e. lightening, hail) temporary delays will be enforced.

16. We are not governed by the rules of any equestrian associations. Our rules are our rules only. 

17. Do not enter a division that is beyond your ability. Entering a level below what you are schooling is encouraged. Your dressage test level may exceed your jumping level, however your jumping level must not exceed the test you have entered. For example if you are riding BN Test A you should be jumping Puddle Jumper, Grasshopper or Poles, not 2’6.


Join us for friendly, laid back schooling competitions!

2023 Calendar of Events (Sue’s Wish List)

2023 Calendar of Events

January 28 Rutland County 4-H Hippology

February 4 RCPC & Horsemasters Annual Banquet

February 19 Valentine’s Working Eq/Trail Day, Horse Amour

March 19 St. Patrick’s Working Eq/Trail Day, Horse Amour

March TBA Pony Club Quiz

April 17-22  Spring Dressage Camp

April 23 Spring Dressage Show

May 19, 20-21 Rutland County 4-H Clinic, Fairgrounds

June 16 Friday Night Under the Lights

June 23 Friday Night Under the Lights

July 2 Horse Amour Horse Trials #1

July 23 Horse Amour Horse Trials #2

August 13 Horse Amour Horse Trails #3

August 15-19 Horsepower at VSF

August 20 Eddy Farm Horse Trials

September 24 Old Timer’s Show, Rutland Fairgrounds

October 1 Horse Amour Horse Trials #4

October 21 or 28 Fall Fun Day

Tack Shop

Visit Castleton's best kept equestrian secret...the TACK SHOP at Horse Amour for all your showing & grooming needs. Hours are by appointment or during regular stable hours. You will be pleasantly surprised with our top quality inventory and personal service. We have the stuff your horse wants! We have an online store at

Click here to see Horze/Equinavia 2020 Spring Specials! If we don’t have the product/size you want in stock, we can get it for you nearly the next day.  All purchases of Horze/Equinavia stock come with a FREE pair of Equinavia boot socks (while supplies last)

We are an authorized dealer for Phoenix Tipperary Event Vests, click on this link to see their wonderful products.

New! C4 belts!

Always in store: Mountain Horse Apparel and Footwear, Ovation, Equinavia (Horze Equestrian), SSG Gloves, Dreamers & Schemers boot socks, Pessoa, Vita-Flex, and much, much more!

We are an English Riding Supply dealer, and happily order for our customers. Click the ERS link to see the fabulous selection of products available to include Pessoa, Ovation, Mountain Horse & more. We order weekly.

Farm Tour


 *meet our instructors



Horse Amour is a small dressage and combined training barn in the Green Mountains of Vermont. We are home to innovative and unique equine activities, and are committed to the comfort and happiness of our horses.

Our stadium jumping arena.

Located in the quaint & historical college town of Castleton, we have a spectacular southern view of the Birdseye Valley. Our entire facility is at the top of a dead end dirt road. We have a 60 x 120 indoor riding arena, 36 stalls, an outdoor sand dressage arena and a huge stadium jumping arena. We have built an ever expanding cross country course, with 3 levels for a total of over 50 obstacles. We are constantly building and improving on our facility. We are home to some of the area's best schoolhorses, instructors and boarders, and the home of Horsepower 4-H Club, Rutland County Pony Club, Vintage Horsepower, and Horsemasters, the adult version of Pony Club.  We hold many activities year round, as well as attending away shows and events with our staff, boarders and students. To inquire about becoming part of our terrific family, give us a visit, send us an email or give us a call.

Our cross country course winds around the property.

Our sand dressage arena is surrounded by peaceful woods on 3 sides.

Our dead end dirt road is a very pleasant and easy trailride.

We have limited trails on our small property, but this loop through the x/c course is great.

And of course our indoor arena allows us to ride, whatever the weather!

After a spring turnout—grass hangovers!!! After a shower, look where the rainbow ends!

junPo© Sue Cook 2015