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Windchase XC Derby 2024

Open: 7/1/2024
Close: 8/20/2024
Late entries allowed until 8/24/2024
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The Windchase XC Derby is back!
Come join us on Saturday August 24! (The rain-date is Sunday August 25.)
Fun and informal, and a good school for you and your horse.
Ride individually or as pairs.
There are Prizes!

The Windchase Cross-Country Derby course will run over our 100-acre-plus XC courses, going from field to field. Courses will be approximately 1.75 miles long. Participants may ride individually or in pairs.
Footing permitting, the course will include water, banks and ditches, as well as some foxhunting type obstacles. All courses designed to be confidence building and inviting, and you have the option of jumping fences a level lower or higher than your entered division. The Intro/Elem division will have small trot-over log options for all obstacles.

This is a unique chance to ride over the beautiful rolling hills of western Loudoun County, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, while competing in a fun and informal atmosphere. What is unique about our XC course is that we have so much space; the course will be run from field to field, and be approximately 1.75 miles long. For those who don’t want to walk that far, we will take people around the course by vehicle the afternoon before and in the morning before the derby starts.

We will have a division for Pairs, where two riders go out together (and hopefully come back together too!), as well as the regular individual classes.

Intro/Elementary: Fences not to exceed 2’3, speed 275 meters/minute
Beginner Novice: Fences not to exceed 2’7, speed 325 meters/minute
Novice: Fences not to exceed 2’11, speed 375 meters/minute
Training/Modified: Fences not to exceed 3’4, speed 425 meters/minute
PAIRS - Two horse/rider combinations go out together. Choose your jump heights, pairs can be mixed. Choose your optimum time target.

Classes judged on jumping penalties and closest to Optimum Time. In all divisions, you may choose to jump a lower or higher option at any fence. If you skip a fence altogether that is OK too, but a small time penalty will be added to your time. Lead horses will be available for the Intro/Elem and BN divisions.

Entries are $95 for pre-entries, or $110 for late or post entries.
Second rounds can be added, either in advance or on the day, for $45.
Payment for pre-entries must be received by the Tuesday before the Derby.
(A $20 office fee is due if you cancel after the closing date.)
Approximate ride times will be emailed out several days before the Derby. Divisions run low to high.
Email Phyllis at if you have questions.

There will be prizes!
Come Jumping!

ASTM/SEI certified helmets and XC vests are required. Negative coggins within 12 months. A Windchase release form MUST be signed before you ride. Any riders under 18 must have their release form signed by a parent. Water is available on grounds. Water is available on the grounds, but there will NOT be a food concession.

Organizer Notes

Email Phyllis at if you have any questions.
There is a $20 cancellation fee for cancellations less than 4 days before the derby.
A release form must be signed before you mount; please sign it online through Strider.
XC vests and approved helmets required.
Please pay when you enter via Strider. To get the pre-entry rate, payment must be received by 7:00 pm on the Tuesday before the Derby.



  • Extra Round $45.00
  • Late Fee$15.00
  • Refund fee$20.00


Derby Levels
Beginner Novice

Administrative Information

  • Ride Time: Ride times will be E-mailed out on the Thursday before the Derby. Post entries are accepted ($110), so if you have a friend who wants to join at the last minute, bring them along! We do prefer you to sign up in advance though, so we know how to make up the schedule.
  • Trailer Direction: The address for the clinic: 36502 Kidwell Road, Hillsboro (or Purcellville), VA 20132When you turn up Kidwell Road, we are the 4th drive on the right. The number is 36502, and it says Windchase on the mailbox and rock sign. At the house, bear left and go back past the lake to the stables. Please drive slowly and watch for speed bumps and dogs.The GPS will sometimes direct people to turn onto Piney Run Road instead of Kidwell. DO NOT DO THIS! Please be sure to turn off of 671, the Harpers Ferry Road, onto Kidwell Road. (Piney Run Lane is about a quarter mile north of Kidwell.)
  • Change Policy: Changes are permitted up to 2 day(s) before registration closes.
  • Refund Policy: Refunds are permitted up to 4 day(s) before activity begins.
  • Entry Option(s) Secure Spot: Pay in full via STRIDER