Downeast Medal Finals

September 2018
Downeast Medal Finals
September 14-16th, 2018 This will be the 10th annual Downeast Medal Finals! Visit our website for more information about Downeast. We welcome all questions, suggestions, and sponsorship: please email Ginger at

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon at DMF 2018!
We have a record number of 199 riders qualified for 2018 Downeast Medal Finals with three shows to go!
2018 Downeast Medal Finals
The 10th anniversary 2018 Downeast Medal Finals is almost here!
Have you sent in your entries yet? Closing date is TODAY , except for late qualifiers (Sept. 10). View the prizelist and entry form on our website to sign up.

NEW for 2018: We will be accepting credit cards for checkout at the show!
2018 DMF Warmups: For warmups on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there will be a posted course.

REMINDER: You do not need to be qualified in one of our Medal Finals to compete in the open classes on Friday and Saturday! We welcome everyone to attend and compete on those days, regardless of qualification status. Stick around for Sunday to watch our Medal Finals qualifiers compete!

LEADERBOARD: Downeast will be having an electronic leaderboard in the ring! To help all horses adapt to the leaderboard, we will open the ring to HAND WALKING ONLY at 8 am Thursday until the warm up begins and for 1 hour after we close down the warm up.

THREE DERBIES: This year we are offering THREE hunter derbies ! The Mason Dixon Memorial Derby will still be set at 2'6"- professionals and Juniors competing at 2'9" may participate in this derby. As always, we will still offer the American National/Farm Family Derby at 2'3". NEW for 2018 is the MIPR 18" Derby!

Table Decorating Contest is back again for this year! Sign up on the Entry Blank.
NEW for 2018: Be st Ta ck Stall Decorating Contest ! Also NEW: DMF Mystery Award , given to an individual on show grounds during DMF 2018 who exhibits exemplary traits- anyone can be rewarded, not just riders!

ALUMNI CLASS: To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have invited all previous Downeast Medal Final Champions to compete in an alumni over fences class! Be sure to watch these riders compete on Friday.

Horsemanship challenge participants, this year's questions will be taken from articles in the newsletter and the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Guide, which can be found at

Click here for a list of Local Hotels. If you are having a hard time finding a room please consider renting a camper from our horse show camper dealer, Rod’s Cycle and RV (207-474-6637). They drop them off at the fairgrounds and pick them up, all you have to do is open the door...

If you have not received your Downeast Medal Finals Qualifying Medal, you can pick them up at the Finals!
Downeast Scholarship Winners
Thank you to Titan Tire Chain and Welding, Meadow View Equestrian Center, Belmont Boatworks, and Venture Farm for their generous support of our DMF riders.

2018 Titan Tire Chain and Welding Scholarship Winner: Zoe Maltese

2018 Meadow View Equestrian Center Scholarship Winner: Ava Quintella

We also have two new scholarships! Thank you to Belmont Boatworks and Venture Farm. All applicants for the Titan Tire and Meadow View Scholarships were considered for these additional scholarships.

2018 Belmont Boatworks Scholarship Winner: Serena Blasius

2018 Venture Farm Scholarship Winners: Gigi Grant, Madisyn Stewart, Kathleen Bolduc, and Haley Hoyt

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who applied!
What is a popped splint?
By Lori M. Smolkovich, DVM

One day as you are getting ready to ride your horse, you notice a bump around the cannon bone. Your horse seems sensitive to palpation, but overall is sound. You ask for advice from other people in the barn. They say it is a "popped splint," and before you know it, you are being flooded with advice and opinions leaving you confused and unsure of what to do. This is a common scenario we as veterinarians hear all the time. There seems to be some confusion among horses owners regarding metacarpal exostosis, better known as "a popped splint" or splint". In this article, the different types of "splints" will be discussed, along with cause, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Thank you to New England Equine Surgical and Medical Center for allowing us to reprint this article.
Upcoming Shows with Downeast Qualifying Classes
Want to see your show listed here? Fill out our  Downeast Classes Form !

Sept. 2 North Star Farm Wakefield, NH
Sept. 8 NHHJA Show Series V Tack Shack, Fremont, NH
Sept. 9 Cornerstone Farm Haverhill, MA

*the following shows will hold 2019 DMF qualifying classes*
Sept. 22 NEJA Jump 4 A Cure Lisbon, ME
Sept. 23 CK Equestrian Scarborough, ME
Oct. 13 Lupine Farm Fuzzies Horse Show Vassalboro, ME
Oct. 14 Evenstride Byfield, MA
Oct. 27 Cornerstone Farm Haverhill, MA
Oct. 27 T ouchstone Farm Temple, NH
Oct. 28 Lucky Clover Sanford, ME
Become a Downeast Medal Finals Sponsor:
All levels accepted and appreciated! 
Visit  for more information.
For more information, to list your show with Downeast qualifying classes, to be featured as a Downeast spotlight rider, or to become a sponsor, please email Ginger at .

Thank you to Spotted Vision Photography and Riitta Fortier for providing us with many wonderful photographs from 2017 Downeast Medal Finals.