Flying Colors Mini-Event & Open Dressage Show


2021 Dates:

June 12th

September 25th


****All dressage tests for mini event will be ridden in the small arena except for modified training. 

***All dressage tests for open dressage EXCEPT for Intro tests will be ridden in the large arena.





Dressage: a harmonious development of the physique and ability making the horse supple, flexible, confident and attentive while understanding the partnership requirements of the rider. Dressage Tests 

Cross Country: a test of speed, endurance and jumping ability across a course of fixed obstacles; a water complex, a ditch and a mound.

Stadium Jumping: the combination of a horse and rider’s ability to complete a course designed to prove suppleness, obedience, and jumping ability within an arena setting having short distances between fences and tight turns. The horse and rider team must complete course within optimum time to avoid time penalties. 

The Big Sky Horse Park course was professionally designed and built by Steve Buckman of British Columbia. Steve is a USEF ‘R’ and a FEI ‘C’ Course Designer. California Course Designer Bert Wood returns to BSHP annually to rebuild , refresh and update our courses to ensure their safety and rideability.

Riders using the course must wear an ASTM approved helmet and have at least one other rider or ground person present with a cell phone. Protective vests are highly recommended when riding the cross-country course and mandatory at all Park sponsored cross-country events.

The course will be closed to non-event riders and other users during and immediately prior to cross-country events, which are all listed on the Park calendar:



Smurf XC OT  has 11 jumps up to 2′ with white numbers on blue background. Course distance is 920m and optimum times is 5 minutes.

Beginner-Novice XC OT has 17 jumps, up to 2’7″, with Black numbers on Yellow background. Course distance is 1,950 meters and optimum time is 6 minutes.

Novice XC OT  has 19 jumps, up to 2’11”, with Black numbers on White background. Course distance is 2,000 meters and optimum time is 5 min 20sec.

Training XC OT has 21 jumps (29 efforts), up to 3’3″, with White numbers on Black background. Course distance is 2,100 meters & optimum time is 5 minutes 15 seconds.

Modified Training XC OT has 23 jumps (31 efforts), up to 3’6″, with Orange numbers on Blue background. Course distance is 2200 meters & optimum time is 4 minutes 45 seconds.

Although we follow United States Eventing Association (USEA) rules and procedures, the events are not nationally recognized.

The Flying Colors Mini-Events are some of the most important Park fundraising activities. These multi-discipline and multi-level events enable the Missoula Horse Council to make major improvements to the cross-country course and stadium jumps with the ultimate goal of having a nationally recognized USEA event each year.

Riders who are not participating in a show/clinic, must be either be Park members with XC Pass or fill out a Day Pass. Use of the course is $15 per day for members, or $30 for non-members ($15 course fee plus the $15 day pass). The annual unlimited cross-country course fee is $60, which is in addition to an annual membership fee and helps to offset the cost of maintaining the course. Marked and unmarked hazards exist. Please stay on designated trails.