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When Steven Berkowitz, VMD, started attending three-day events as a treating veterinarian about 10 years ago, he’d find a quiet place for himself and his dog, and he’d read the Sunday newspaper or some magazines...

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21 Challenge Series

Excerpts from Article in Eventing Nation written by Lisa Thomas

Stable View is excited to partner with Plantation Field and Fair Hill to launch the new 21 Challenge Series for young riders. All riders under 21 will have the opportunity to accumulate points on a series leaderboard while competing in the Preliminary or CIC* divisions at the spring horse trials for Stable View, Plantation Field and Fair Hill.

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An Education in Turf Management

By Boyd Martin
January 19, 2016

The past couple of years I’ve gotten more and more involved with the Plantation CIC event, held in September every year. It’s an extremely important event for all the horses and the final preparation for Fair Hill, Pau or Galway Downs. Part of this mission is trying to make the event bigger to the public with trade fairs etc and secondly we are improving the cross-country to be world-class, with Mike Etherington-Smith designing the courses built by ETB Equine Construction. Our newest project is improving the footing.

Plantation Field has taken on a groundsman by the name of Jamie Hicks, most famous in Unionville for being one of the leading farmers, specializing in hay, corn and soybeans; also married to Kate Hicks 4* rider which brings a unique connection to the table. We brought Jamie onto the Plantation Committee and he is leading the charge in trying to make the footing on the course as good as anywhere in the world.

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Celebrating the Thoroughbred Competition Series at Plantation Field

By Lisa Thomas
Nov 7, 2015

This is a story about an unusual alignment of relationships within a Pennsylvania horse community and one particular retired racehorse who has flourished as a result of these connections. Perhaps this wasn’t the path that his breeder envisioned, but it is the beginning of his promising future.

MK’s Concord Dawn, registered with the Jockey Club as Mason, was born in 2009 at Tim F. Ritchey Racing Stables. Tim, who previously evented at the top level of the sport in the 70s, is a five-time leading race trainer at Delaware Park. He and his wife Janet have a well-known training and bloodstock business, making headlines in 2005 for training Belmont and Preakness winner Afleet Alex.

Janet shared a bit of history on Mason’s racing career: “Mason was bred to be a racehorse. His mother, whom we also bred, Della Street, had earned over $100,000 for us, and his daddy Smart Guy was bought by us for $10,000 as a yearling and went on to earn over $500,000, including the Pennsylvania Derby. Mason was always very friendly, good with other horses, easy to break and to train, so when he won his first race quite easily we really were not surprised.”

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$5,000 Thoroughbred Competition Series

Feb. 23, 2015 -- Unionville, PA -- Plantation Field Equestrian Events Inc. (PFEE) is excited to announce that we will be offering a Thoroughbred recognition series during the 2015 competition year, with prize money to be awarded to top finishing Thoroughbred.

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