MDHT March Cross Derby - (March 6 and 7)

Loch Moy Farm





Saturday, Dec. 5: Elementary to Modified || Sunday Dec. 6: Logs to Novice

Saturday, January 2: Elem – Modified || Sunday, January 3: Elem to Novice

(inclement weather date for January: Jan 9+10)

Saturday, February 13 and 14: Elem to Modified

Saturday, March 6: Elem – Modified || Sunday, March 7: Logs – Modified


Schooling before each division; there will be very brief schooling before poles.


Description of MDHT Cross Derby courses: All rings will have cross country obstacles you would find on a typical competition course. The objective is to establish a rhythm over solid jumps in reliable consistent footing. Optimum times will be posted.


Jumping Efforts**

Course Length


Logs/Small Cross Rails



250 mpm (can be led)

Elementary           2’ – 2’3”

12 - 15**


300 mpm

Beg. Novice          2’7”  max

15 - 18**


325 mpm*

Novice                  2’11” max

20 - 22**


350 mpm*

Training                3’ 3” max



375 mpm*

Modified               3’5 max



400 mpm*

*The derby speeds are slightly higher than regular SJ to incorporate a better flow over the cross country jumps.

** Subject to change




The MDHT Cross Derby will follow USEF rules for Cross Country dress and tack. All Riders must wear ASTM/SEI approved helmet, protective vests, and medical armband. Willful delay will be enforced. Competitors may enter more than one level but would be expected not to enter their horses less than one level below which they are currently competing. No coaching during competition, but highly encouraged in our schooling sessions.

There will be an audible signal to start. Fall of horse or rider during jumping phase is immediate elimination and you must leave the course.

  • Knock Down – 10 points
  • 1st Refusal – 10 points
  • 2nd Refusal at same fence – 20 points
  • 3rd refusal same fence – Elimination
  • Fall of Competitor or Horse – Elimination
  • 4 Refusals on Whole Course – Elimination
  • Skipping or missing a fence – Elimination
  • Willful Delay, as defined by USEF rules – 8 points
  • A circle between fences will count as a refusal. A circle before Fence 1 after crossing the flags is allowed but will count against time. Crossing start flags a second time in this instance only is permitted if space is required.
  • Exceeding time limit – Elimination
  • Leaving course (arena) – Elimination
  • Not going through start or finish flags – Elimination
  • Unauthorized assistance - Elimination
  • Combinations numbered "AB" will be as per Stadium Rules, i.e., if "B" is refused, "A" must be re-jumped on second presentation.
  • Time Penalties:

Time Penalties Table


 1 to 10 seconds under OPT – 1 point/sec

 1 to 10 seconds over OPT – 2 points/sec

 11 to 10 seconds under OPT – 2 points/sec

 11 to 20 seconds over OPT – 4 points/sec

 21 or more seconds under OPT – 3 points/sec

 21 or more seconds over OPT – 6 points/sec








  • Optimum time (OPT) and course length will be posted for each division.
  • Time starts/ends when horse and rider go through the start/finish flags.
  • Any actions/events involving horse, rider or other persons not laid out herein are understood to be be governed by the 2020 USEF eventing rules.
  • We schedule at 2-minute intervals but please be ready before your time in case we move along faster.
  • 8 Ribbons per division (Prizes for 1st - 3rd)
  • Scoring: Penalties in jumping are added to the time penalties to determine placing for each division. Closest to optimum time and lowest penalties wins. Ties are broken by lowest jump penalties or, if jump penalties are equal, by being closest to optimum time without going over.



Entry Policies



  • Payment should be made by credit card on Compete Easy App when entering any event.
  • Any returned check for extra rounds or other activities will be subject to a $50 returned check fee – no exceptions
  • We must RECEIVE your entry and payment by closing date. Entries submitted or paid for after closing will pay a $25 late fee, if space is available. Compete Easy does not allow you to submit incomplete entries.
  • LIMITED SPACE available. Sign up early! Our derbies frequently fill BEFORE the closing date!
  • A schooling period will be offered before each division. There will be a short arena familiarization before the Logs/Crossrails division.
  • Extra "day of" rounds, if space allows, will be run HC and cost $70. Check in with the starter, then pay in the office. HC Logs/Cross Rails are $25.
  • Competition Cancellation NO Refund
  • Derby Refund Policy: Through closing day - full refund. Through late closing day - credit for next event, less a $25 change fee. After late closing - no refunds or credits. If there is a wait list, full refunds or credits will be issued to any scratch whose spot can be filled off the wait list.
  • No unauthorized motor vehicles of any kind allowed on course.
  • Find and your pinny number from the Compete Easy app. Please bring pinny holder.
  • Ride times will be posted the THURSDAY before the show at:, by email and through the Compete Easy app.
  • Vet and Farrier will be on call.
  • Current Negative Coggins required with entry form. We do not keep coggins on file unless added to Compete Easy rider profile.
  • Loch Moy Farm Liability Waiver required with entry form. (This is now part of your Compete Easy entry)
  • NO unleashed dogs. Unleashed dogs will incur $100 fine and competitor elimination.
  • In the interest of horse and rider welfare and safety, the weather forecast will be taken into account at or after the closing date. A sufficiently unfavorable forecast will cancel the event.
  • Live scoring for all phases of events will be in real time and will be sent to you via the Compete Easy App by email or text

For additional information and to submit entry forms, contact:

The Maryland Horse Trials
1235 Park Mills Road
Adamstown, MD  21710
Phone: (301) 514-0111

Elementary - 2 ft to 2.3 ft - Saturday
27 left
Junior Elementary - 2 ft to 2.3ft - Saturday
15 left
Beginner Novice - Saturday
18 left
Junior Beginner Novice - Saturday
13 left
Novice - Saturday
15 left
Junior Novice - Saturday
12 left
Training - Saturday
10 left
Modified - Saturday
10 left
Schooling Only - No Competition - Saturday
4 left
Rider must wear a pinny. Indicate level/s in Notes.
Non-compete, non-schooling horse - Saturday
2 left
Must have a pinny number if ridden. May not jump.
Logs and Crossrails - Green HORSE
11 left
Logs and Crossrails - Green RIDER
8 left
Elementary - 2 ft to 2.3 ft - Sunday
25 left
Junior Elementary - 2 ft to 2.3 ft - Sunday
19 left
Beginner Novice - Sunday
17 left
Junior Beginner Novice
14 left
Novice - Sunday
14 left
Junior Novice - Sunday
14 left
Training - Sunday
5 left
Modified - Sunday
5 left
Schooling Only - No Competition - Sunday
4 left
Rider must wear a pinny. Indicate level/s in Notes.
Non-compete, Non-schooling - Sunday
Must have pinny number if ridden. May not jump.

Event Notes

Permanent stalls with solid walls, sliding door.
20 amp plug or converter required

Contact Details

Loch Moy Farm
Carolyn Mackintosh
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