Catalpa Corner Horse Park


About Catalpa Corner Horse Park

Catalpa Corner is a modern eventing facility situated on an expansive working farmstead in rural West Branch, Iowa, 15 minutes outside of Iowa City.  The family farm dates back to the 1800s and this is reflected in many of the exquisite buildings on the grounds.  To complement this, Susan Brigham and Dr. James McNutt have constructed a first-class facility that seamlessly blends the modern aspects of eventing with the farm’s heritage.

Beneath the Catalpa trees, competitors can expect to find a relaxing atmosphere with ample space to move about. Each of the three phases harkens back to Iowa's farming heritage. In dressage, competitors ride in two grass arenas with small portable barns serving as the judge's booths. The warm up area is expansive and abuts a long hacking lane perfect for settling the excited horse. The cross country terrain is open and inviting, moving from the start box surrounded by crops, to open fields, across a covered bridge, water, and through woods.  Jumping efforts reflect the surroundings and Iowa's heritage, most notably a covered bridge on course for training and preliminary levels.

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Iowa’s Horse Park

2014 Events

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August 1-3 USEA-recognized Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial.  Closing date 7/15/14

Entry Status  Please note that entries are complete only with all of the following: 1) Entry form; 2) negative coggins dated in the last year; 3) signatures; and 4) complete payment. 

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Welcome aboard the Catalpa Express on your way to Catalpa Corner Wizardly Horse Trial! Our cross country designer has just set the course for a fun and challenging ride with new jumps at all levels.

Thank you to Derith Vogt and Barbara Hall for photos throughout this site

We are placing the final touches on the stadium course under the artistic directors Barbara and Tom Hall. Their talents are breathtaking. The donations to the Wizard Team Cup are filling the baskets to contain leather grooming halters with brass engraving, saddle  pads and so much more.

The Wizard’s Team Cup will be a Low Point Award from the dressage and cross country phases of the event, with rider closest to optimum xc time as a tie breaker if necessary  Teams can be made up of 4 riders from any level or division, with the best three scores per team to be counted.  The Wizard’s Team Cup entry fee is $20 per team with proceeds going directly back into the park’s jump fund.  Riders can sign up at the event on Friday afternoon at the latest.

Get your friends together, because the Wizards Team Cup prizes are fabulous!  Awesome-looking ribbons, a black/green/purple grooming halter that says Catalpa Wizard; Wizard's drinking cups, saddle pad, and horse fly nets.  The Wizards Cup prizes will be awarded at the delicious and fun competitor’s dinner on Saturday evening. 

We are looking forward to your "sorting" on your arrival!  Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial 2014 which will be a wizardly wicked fun event!  Closing date for entries is fast approaching - July 15.