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Two Labor Day equestrian events

SALISBURY — Labor Day weekend, which signals the end of summer, always offers up a jam-packed schedule of sporting events —including some in the equestrian world.

In Lakeville, two horse facilities that are close enough to each other that they  can be visited by horseback (except for the traffic) hosted major events. Town Hill Farm’s Horse Trials took place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5, and Quarry Hill Farm, on Route 41 just before Route 112, held an Open House on Saturday.  

At the Town Hill Farm Horse Trials, competitors had their pick of day for competition, with beginner novice, novice and training levels running both days.

Eventing is a competition that tests the skills of a horse-and-rider duo in three different phases:dressage, show-jumping and cross-country.

Sharyn Cataldo, Town Hill’s stable manager and the event organizer, said it went off without a hitch; more than 160 horses competed and the biggest wild card —the weather — was spectacular.

Quarry Hill’s Open House to showcase the farm’s Arabian breeding program entertained more than 225 spectators.

Lunch was followed by a tour of the facility and an exhibition in the indoor ring.

Rae Schwarz and her husband, Marshall, have been breeding the horses for eight years. They gave  a riding demonstration on their stallion, On The Mark, and then trainer Bill Bohl introduced the crowd to this season’s crop of foals, accompanied by their mares.

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