Despite heavy overnight rains that delayed start times by thirty minutes, competition is moving along during the first day of a large regional dressage competition at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Georgia.
The field of 375 riders is well into day one of the Great American Insurance Group/USDF 2008 Region 3 Championships & Poplar Place Farm October Dressage Show.
Two new dressage rings were built at Poplar Place Farms because of the number of competitiors, giving the facility 6 rings for competition.
Competition continues Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. Class awards are scheduled for 1:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. on each day, with awards beginning given in 31 championship classes and about 50 open classes.
A weekend pass for the competition is $15, with proceeds going to Storybook Farm in Opelika, Alabama. Storybook Farm provide year-round equine based therapeutic programs serving children ages 2-25.