The World of Living with Horses

The Event at Santa Fe

The New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding stages its own competition for The Team Challenge Trophy.  Events start August 17 and continue for three days at Goose Down Farm and the Santa Fe Equestrian Center.


The Event at Santa Fe will host Intermediate through Pre-Competition Classes August 17-19, 2012, featuring Area X Intermediate Championships, Young Event Horse Classes, the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award for an amateur and a junior rider  as well as the NMCTR Team Challenge Trophy.  Approximately 50 riders are expected to compete this weekend.

Performance Schedule:

Goose Downs Farm is located on 350 acres south of Santa Fe in the Galisteo Basin. The cross-country course is set in a stunning high-desert landscape. Jeffray Riding and Tom Angle started Goose Down in the early 1980’s. The site is now the premiere 3-day eventing center in the Southwest offering a training program along with clinics with well known eventers such as Mike Huber.

Mike Elmore & Atticus riding the GD course


Santa Fe Equestrian Center is managed by Terry Berg, an experienced professional trainer and barn manager, and Anne Wilson, the general manager. They feature boarding facilities, an indoor arena, five outdoor arenas and world-class polo fields in a dramatic setting.

An arena has a view of the polo fields.

The Horse Shelter, founded in 1999, is currently at full capacity with 69 horses. It is expanding to accommodate up to 75 horses.  Of the 69 horses,  30 are 10 years old or younger.  Many are wonderful candidates for adoption. Recently, the Santa Fe County Fair Queen adopted a horse and is training it for barrel racing.  The center takes only horses from the NM Livestock Board and other government organizations. A recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican provides additional information  Donations can be made at Some 92 percent of donations help the horses.


NMCRT & The Team Challenge Trophy:

The NMCTR and Goose Downs Farms organize an original parallel event — the Team Challenge Trophy. The teams consist of NMCTR riders competing in dressage, international-level riders competing in the show jumping and New Mexico Pony Club riders competing in the cross country. The NMCTR riders this year are Julie Jones and Thomas Maestas. We will be posting on Thomas’s and Julie’s stories on Thursday August 15


The NMCTR is a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding program that serves children and adults. The center is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) member center.  PATH-certified instructors design each lesson with the following goals: physical development, emotional growth and intellectual simulation. They conduct 10-week sessions for individuals and 8-week sessions for school groups. Participants come once a week. NMCTR operates with 9 horses, 2 certified PATH instructors and more than 50 volunteers.

Donations can be made at  90 percent of donations goes to helping riders and horses.

The Event at Santa Fe:

In the upcoming posts we will be reporting on each of the events scheduled over three days starting Saturday, August 18.

NEXT: Profiles of NMCTR’s Competitors Julie Jones and Thomas Maestas See