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What is a “Judged” Pleasure Ride?

A Judged Pleasure Ride is a trail ride with natural and manmade obstacles along the trail that are judged based on the horse and rider’s ability to complete the obstacle in a safe, timely manner.  The trail will be well marked and a map will be provided along with a description of each obstacle.  There will be 10 obstacles.  Each rider may ride at their own pace and there is no time limit for the ride, however there is a maximum time limit of 30-60 seconds to complete each obstacle.  Riders may elect to ride with a group of no more than 4 riders.  If you’d like to ride in a group, but don’t have one let me know and I will try and connect you with other single riders.


Riders will not be permitted additional schooling of the obstacles on their initial time through in order to keep things flowing.  If you are unfamiliar with the types of obstacles that are typically found on these types of rides please visit for descriptions and videos of a variety of obstacles (note: this ride is not associated with ACTHA, this information is simply provided for your reference and education of various types of obstacles).


Each obstacle will be judged on a scale of 1-10.  For a good score (7-9 points), the horse should willingly wait for instructions at the obstacle, proceed through the obstacle with attention to its job (ears pricked, looking where its feet are going), and whose rider is cheerful, confident, and patient with his/her mount and proceeds through the obstacle with forethought and safety.


1st – 6th place ribbons for each class (see Entry Form for Class List).


Short Ride:  The short ride will be approximately 6-7 miles and all obstacles will be placed on the short ride trail.


Long Ride:  The long ride will continue after the short trail and head down to the beautiful and scenic C&O Canal.  Please note this is a public multi-use trail and you will likely encounter hikers, cyclists, dogs, etc.  This trail will lead you to historic Whites Ferry where we will have a volunteer waiting with lunch for you.  After lunch you will continue on your ride back to the farm.

Dressage Show Series

We hold 2 to 3 dressage shows in our indoor arena every year. Ribbons are given for each class (Introductory through Fourth Level) and for Champion and Reserve Champions for each division. We also trailer you and other interested boarders to local dressage shows.

Potomac Valley Dressage Association:

Maryland Dressage Association, Inc.:

Virginia Dressage Association:

Hunter / Jumper Series

These schooling shows with up to 45 classes including lead line, equitation, halter, and jumping classes with ribbons awarded for each class and Champion/Reserve Champion for each division. (Western riders are welcome!)
Don't miss our annual Halloween Costume Class every October. We will trailer you to any activity or show you request, including Hunter/Jumper shows, Fox Hunting, Cross Country, Eventing, and off-site trail riding adventures.

Holiday Trail Ride

Every year our boarders turn out for our holiday Trail Ride, complete with Santa hats for the horses! Stay around after the ride for a holiday party complete with hot and cold foods, desserts, drinks, and hot chocolate.


Spring Trail Ride and Picnic

Every May, we invite a riding club to join us at our barn and we have a very sociable time by hosting a trail ride and barn picnic. It is a good time to be had by all.

League of Maryland Horsemen:



Potomac Hunt

Potomac Riverside Farm occasionally hosts the Potomac Hunt.

Eventing Schooling Shows

When our cross-country course is complete, we will be hosting eventing schooling shows.

Maryland Combined Training Association:

Central Virginia Combined Training Association: