I’ve been fortunate enough to compete at shows all across the Southeast over the past few years. Each of these shows has their own unique feels; different stabling arrangements, different show ground sizes, different class offerings, different exhibitor’s events, and different towns to explore. However, ever since I moved to Nashville, TN in 2015, the hunter/jumper shows at Brownland Farm have been my favorite shows to attend.
Brownland’s Autumn Country and Autumn Classic horse shows begin next week and competition starts Wednesday, Oct. 17 and runs through October 28th. FarmVet’s Mobile Store will be there to help you find all the products you need for a successful two weeks!
A Home Away from Home
Driving through the gates of the Brownland Farm property, you immediately notice the showground’s distinct, old-fashion feel. This ambiance is a welcome change from some of the newer, more industrial facilities being built. Dirt roads, open grass fields, wood-construction competition barns, and trees, hedges, and flowers are everywhere you look. The unique setting in historic Franklin combined with the idyllic scenery and friendly ambiance make this show grounds a peaceful haven outside the busy, bustling Nashville city scene.
What I love most about showing at Brownland is that the show invests so much time and energy into making the exhibitors feel at home. Brave spectators who wake up early for the 7:30 Hunter Derby start time are treated to coffee and pastries each Friday morning. Visitors can watch the Grand Prix from the large grass berm overlooking the jumper ring while enjoying wine, cheese, and snacks on Saturday afternoons.
But the most special event during these shows is the weekly party held at Brownland matriarch Sissy Anderton’s house. The doors to Sissy’s brick home, located near the entrance of the showgrounds, are open on Friday nights to competitors and friends of all ages. Delicious free food and a beautiful patio surrounded by string lights are more than anyone could expect from show hospitality. At Brownland Farm, its one of many traditions that keep people coming back year after year.
55 years old and still going strong, Brownland Farm is a staple of the Nashville and greater Southeast horse communities. FarmVet is proud to support such a special place in the hearts of our local friends and customers.
Can’t Make it to the Show or Want to Stock-up Before You Arrive?
Stock up on all your Horse Show essentials at our Franklin Warehouse. Located only 2 miles from Brownland Farm at 549 Mt. Hope St. Franklin, TN, our warehouse is your one-stop-shop for all everything you’ll need for your upcoming competition. Prescription pick-ups you can visit our Franklin Pharmacy.
If you’re not in the Franklin area our Online Store is available 24-7 wherever you are and stocked with all your favorite equine products!
Need help deciding which products you’ll need for your upcoming competition? Check out our blog post on horse show essentials here!
Caroline Biggs is a senior at Vanderbilt University and an accomplished equestrian. Interning at FarmVet this Fall, Caroline is also a regular competitor at Brownland Farm Horse Shows throughout the year. Her background in the hunter/jumper world and as a member of the United States Pony Club has allowed her to contribute to FarmVet’s goal of supporting equestrians everywhere.