Where is the Loch Moy Farm located? Loch Moy Farm is nestled in the hills of Adamstown, Maryland, the Highlands at Loch Moy Farm provide the perfect setting and facility for horse shows and other exciting community and sporting events. The venue is just 15 minutes from Frederick, Maryland, 30 minutes from Leesburg, Virginia, and only 50 minutes from DC and Baltimore.
More about the facility: Loch Moy Farm is another amazing equestrian venue that offers unique opportunities for eventers and hunter/jumpers alike. In addition to hosting the Maryland Horse Trials, Loch Moy Farm offers recognized dressage and hunter/jumper shows, schooling shows and horse trials, adult eventing camp, clinics, other exciting events!
What types of shows are held at Loch Moy? Loch Moy farm hosts the Sugarloaf Mountain Horse Show Series from March through October, which are all MHSA Regional Horse Shows (some are also VHSA Associate, Colonial Classic, HCHSA, DCAreaHSA, or TASS Thoroughbred rated). The regional series culminates this year on October 30th with an Oktoberfest and Halloween Derby. As mentioned above Loch Moy is also home to the Maryland Horse Trials, which hosts events at all levels from starter trials to USEA 2* events. There is also paid schooling in the rings available the Friday afternoon before each Sugarloaf show. This blogger is hopeful to make it out for one of the weekday Twilight Eventing opportunities (a combined test of course, I only jump things that are surrounded by fences).
What are the rings like? There are a couple different options for ring configuration at Loch Moy but the standard set up for MHSA regional shows is as follows: one large ring for predominantly jumpers (and some early morning equitation) divisions; a second ring that is divided into 3 generously sized rings, with the far and near sides used for hunter divisions and the middle reserved for schooling/warm up. There are also 2 additional warm up spaces and a special smaller ring for beginner classes. There are new rings under construction for use in derby style events (like the Halloween derby mentioned above), but the unique set up allows for fun derby style courses where riders can jump “in and out” of the ring. The hunter courses are set with beautiful full natural jumps similar to that of a nationally rated show. All rings are outdoor and host all weather footing that was recently put to the test during a rainy weekend this past May and I can speak with first hand knowledge that it held up nicely!
How is the parking? Trailer parking is a dream! Most spots are pull in and pull out, you just have to navigate the road in. Car parking is also abundant but depending on when you arrive, where your trailer is parked and which ring you are showing in, can be a little bit of walk (but for this step counting addict, it’s not too bad).
What’s the food situation? There is on-site concession that offers the standard horse show foods, grilled cheese, chicken Caesar salad and burgers, in addition to breakfast sandwiches.
Stabling options? There are stabling options available, please email Carolyn Mackintosh, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Nearby attractions? Loch Moy is located in a beautifully scenic part of Maryland with wonderful hiking options like Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monocacy River. If you’re braver than this blogger and have the appropriate equipment (safety vests required!) there are some serious cross-country schooling opportunities (as well as stuff for beginners) right on the property. The facility is also just 20 minutes from historic downtown Frederic, Maryland, which has amazing dining and shopping opportunities.
Other tips: All of the shows have online registration available via horseshowing.com and you receive a discount for registering in advance.
If you enjoy fried chicken (and who doesn’t?), there is a hidden gem just 15 minutes from the property that you might pass by without a second thought called The Dickerson Store. It’s attached to a gas station and there is a sign about their famous fried chicken on the outside, you might think this is a joke. It’s not. Try the fried chicken!
Full disclosure: this facility is in this blogger’s backyard from where she keeps her horse in Poolesville, so it’s definitely a personal favorite.
About Lauren: Lauren Glickman founded WindyGlick Communications to help small businesses and non-profits utilize social media and other online communication tools. When not tweeting or instagramming, Lauren enjoys cooking, bluegrass and being outdoors with her dog Basil. She is an adult amateur and you can find her and her horse Marli at regional MHSA horse shows and Surmont Stables in Poolesville, MD. In this photo, she is competing at Loch Moy!