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Cross Country Schooling
at Shawan Downs 2023

(Weather permitting)

June 4th, 5th, 7th (Sun/Mon/Weds) – Open Schooling
10:00am – 8:00pm
(Introductory thru Training)
Practice for an event or simply enjoy riding at Shawan Downs without the pressure of competing. Also a way for our beloved volunteers to spend their MCTA bucks!
Contact Chris Donovan (text 703-261-3377).

[NOTE: Course is CLOSED for schooling Tues 6/6, Thurs 6/8, and Fri 6/9. No Modified or Prelim jumps on schooling days.]

Cost: $50 per horse (each day)
Accepted Payments:
PayPal (, Venmo (@mdcta), exact cash, MCTA Volunteer Bucks.
Signed waivers are required.  Print and bring your signed release form with you.  Limited paper copies may be available.  Course will close at posted hours each evening.

Text Chris Donovan at 703-261-3377

MCTA Webinar

Equine First Aid

with Dr. Essie Rogers from Hess Equine Veterinary Services

Held August 6, 2020

Great tips from Dr. Essie Rogers on knowing when to call the vet and basic equine first aid until the vet arrives.  Topics include colic, choke, eye injuries, wound care, and much more.

MCTA Webinar

Safely Returning to Competition

with Chris Donovan, USEA Area II Chef d’Equipe and Young Riders Program Coordinator 

Held May 1, 2020

In this MCTA webinar, members heard from Chris Donovan on how to safely recondition themselves and their horses in preparation for the competition season. Topics included:
  • returning from an extended layup
  • pre-season checklist
  • measuring fitness and tracking progress
  • exercise ideas
  • what changes to expect in competitions
  • links to helpful resources
Chris’s tips will help you maximize your time and effectiveness while managing your expectations.  

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