For the fourth year in a row Aspen Farms Horse Trials in Yelm, Wash. is hosting an Advanced level national qualifier for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. This year’s course consists of 23 fences over a 3,720 meter course designed by Tremaine Cooper. The optimum time is 6 minutes and 32 seconds.
Advanced cross-country will begin Saturday, September 10th at 1:15 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to come watch the action and cheer for the Pacific Northwest’s upper level riders.
Their track is very representative of the Pacific Northwest.
The first combination comes up at 6abc, a log (6a) followed by an incredibly steep slope to a ditch (6b) and out over a skinny log stack (6c), which is off to the right.
The Kerrit's Mound at fence 7 features a keyhole with a drop on the landing side.
Horses get their feet wet at the Toklat Water (10abc).
10c will require an accurate ride out of the water.
12ab - Tri Power Bank.
Tremaine was kind enough to let competitors choose their corner at 15ab.
Gallops Water (16ab) features a water-to-water fence (16a) and a few more beautiful views!
Kilcotrim's Corner. All photos courtesy of Aspen Farms.
About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced Horse Trials and CIC3* levels. The final will take place at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, September 1-4 in Tryon, North Carolina. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes in the Adequan Advanced Division and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion.
The 2016 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many loyal sponsors: Adequan, Standlee Forage, Nunn Finer, Nutrena, Merck, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, and FITS.