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.

Iowa’s Horse Park

2015 Events

October 17 One Day Event Results

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

The CATALPA EXPRESS has pulled out of the Wizardly Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trials! As the Express puffs down the rail to trail for a much-needed rest and tune up, we are all left with super fun memories along with the spectacular horsemanship from Preliminary to Starter divisions.  The Express delivered ribbons, halters, embroidered saddle pads, feed and supplements, breeches and much more to division leaders, Wizard’s Cup teams and Thoroughbred Incentive Program Award recipients. Congratulations to all!

It took a mobile army of volunteers from many Iowa counties as well as visiting rider parents who embraced the event and owned the day.  These dedicated individual talents’ ranged from announcing with humor and vigor, while keeping the show spot on, to hours baking in the wonderful Iowa sunshine starting and counting horses over fences, shuffling dressage riders or picking up jump poles. Scorers tabulated, runners ran and stewards ushered. We are humbled by their gift of time, and our appreciation is endless.

Results for the CCCHT 2014 are available here or on our Facebook page, Catalpa Corner Horse Park. Wizard’s Cup Team results, TIP, and other awards and scholarships are listed below. Please contact Susan Brigham at if you are a prizewinner and have not pick up your award.

David Farnsworth Low Pony Club Award:

Elizabeth Huntley/Sir Dow Jones

Emily Sharp Fox Award by D & G Photography

Sarah Bloss/I Do Too

Good Sportsmanship Award

Tatum Stam/Catch Me if U Can for her maturity, grace and compassion despite disappointment

Benjamin Noonan/Derringer for his

effervescent smile, gregariousness and horsemanship

Madison Brigham Award

Hannah Gerske/Buenos

Phil Sawin Award

Jonathan Ketzler/Sal

TIP Awards

1st      49.3     Tupelo/Lyle
2nd     49.6     Best Etiquette/Stockhausen
1st      37.2     Tommy Brazilian/Mahloch
2nd     49.6      I've Got Rhythm/Havaich
1st      23        Buenas Suerte/Wolfert
2nd     32        Good Faith/Hull
1st      36        Harlequin/Simon
2nd     40        Western Zen/Scott

Wizard Team Awards

1st JWE Dobby-nator :  83.5

Julie Wolfert, Hannah Gerske, Jessica Ptak, and Lauren Atchle

2ndWulf Pack A:  84.5

Nicholas Staples, Lou Ann Wulf, Katie Homrighause, and Jessie Howes

3rdHegrid’s Thestrales:  100.3

Elizabeth Huntley, Ellie Menke, Cassandra Kramer,  and Kristen Stowell

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Brand new cross country jumps for 2015!