Maryland Event Loch Moy Celebrates 15 Years of Eventing

By Katherine O. Rizzo Fifteen years ago, eventers followed a marked

trail from a parking field up a steep hill and walked onto a massive open field laid out with dressage rings, show jumping and cross-country courses from Beginner Novice to Preliminary. Soft rolling hills and Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop made the newly constructed Loch Moy Farm a rather breathtaking location for Mary- land’s newest event, the Maryland Horse Trials. Today, Loch Moy Farm’s competition fa-

cility has become home to eventers, jumpers, dressage riders and more, with owner and op- erator Carolyn Mackintosh hosting all kinds of equestrian sports including an Extreme Cow- boy Race and even a Steeplethon on foot for cross-country runners. Even though the facility is utilized by a variety of equestrian disciplines, eventing is where it has its roots.

Eventing Family Mackintosh found her love of eventing

through her daughter, Alex, who now lives in California. “I just loved going to events with her but didn’t have a clue to how they were run,” Mackintosh said. “I was a horse show mom and did all the entries for my daughter and I always made some sort of mistake and had to deal with cranky show secretaries,” she said with a chuckle. “But then I met Mary Coldren up at Fair Hill and she was so nice!” Mackintosh soon had her daughter filling

out her own entries and was chatting Coldren up about possibly running her own horse tri- als at their family property in Adamstown.

“I’ve counted on Mary ever since,” Mackintosh added. Coldren, who is also the event coordina- tor for the upcoming Maryland 5* Event at Fair Hill, has been the secretary for Loch Moy’s US Eventing Association events since the beginning. It was not until January 2006 that construc-

tion began to create areas for dressage and show jump, and cross-country courses through Preliminary. Te whole facility was completed and ready for its first USEA event in merely six months! With parking in what is now the schooling

course, competitors at the first event hacked up the hill to ride all three phases on grass. Te reviews were fairly positive with many com- petitors from week one adding in late entries to compete the following weekend. Competitor Emma Jones of Annapolis told Te Equiery in July 2006 that the event was, “well-organized and well-staffed, with an incredible group of volunteers, designers and officials.”

Loch Moy’s Evolution and Growth Over the years, Mackintosh has responded to

feedback from competitors and officials adding more and more all-weather footing arenas for show jump and dressage. Currently, the facility has six arenas that can be used for competition rings, warm up and even jumping chutes for USEA Fu- ture Event Horse competitions and clinics. Te footing holds up well during Maryland winters allowing Mackintosh to move cross- country jumps into the arenas for schooling and cross-derby style competitions - an idea she got while on one of her many “scouting” trips around the world. “I love to travel and visit

events all over the world,” Mackintosh stated, “that’s where I get all my ideas from!” Te cross-derby idea came from a trip to the UK where Carolyn saw arena-style eventing. Af- ter that, she added a water complex, ditches and several banks in the arenas. “We also put up the Durlock fencing which allows us to open up parts of the fencing so riders can jump from one ring to another,” she added. Tese features have also been used during the farm’s FEI event each July. Te original cross-country course was de-

signed by Craig Tompson and built by Todd Richardson and had several switchbacks to allow for required distances for each level. Te switchbacks also made the cross-country course very spectator friendly. Over the years, with the influence of a few course designers, the cross-country course is more open with tracks going into and out of the woods as well as in the open fields. Addi- tional water complexes have been added as well as banks, ditches and recently, a sunken road.

CCIs at Loch Moy

Great Britain’s Ian Stark is the current cross- country course designer for the USEA events and is working with Mackintosh on a bid for a new four-star event in Area II. “He has a great imagination and I really enjoy his visits and ideas,” Mackintosh said. Stark is also the course designer for the inaugural Maryland 5* Event at Fair Hill. In order to host a four-star, Mackintosh not

only has to provide plans for the cross-country course, which Stark has already created on pa- continued...

Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown continues to host USEA competitions from Future Event Horse (left) through CCI three-star events (right) as it celebrates 15 years as an eventing facility. | 800-244-9580 THE EQUIERY YOUR MARYLAND HORSE COUNCIL PUBLICATION | JULY 2021 | 23

Katherine O. Rizzo

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