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Thu, 2017-11-02 08:29

Galway Downs Looks Forward to A Weekend of Fun for the Whole Family

Sherry Stewart Photo.

The stage is set for an exciting weekend at the 2017 Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, November 2-5, 2017. With thrilling equestrian competition, award-winning food options, and live entertainment, the event offers a weekend of fun for the whole family as Galway Downs celebrates 20 years of equestrian competition.

Galway Downs is a world-class venue which attracts top riders from across the country to compete in the Olympic sport of three-day eventing. Sixty-three of the best horses on the west coast have traveled to Temecula, CA, to contest this weekend’s three-day (CCI) divisions, in addition to the over 200 national competitors.

Twenty-nine horse and rider combinations will also be participating in the Training Three-Day (T3D) division. Part of the United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Classic Series, a T3D gives today’s riders a chance to experience the origins of the sport, including a four-phase endurance day which will test their weeks of fitness preparation.

This weekend’s competitors will be the first to conquer Eric Winter’s track here. Winter, who has designed courses for such prestigious events as the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and SsangYoung Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, has revamped the courses with spectators in mind. The Sycamore Field now acts as a spectator hub, from which visitors can watch the cross-country action via ringside Jumbotron.

Galway Downs is thrilled to welcome musical sensations LeAnn Rimes and Matt Ellis for a concert on Sunday evening following the conclusion of show jumping. General admission and Patron’s Passes offer access to the performance.

Spectators are welcomed and encouraged! Visitors can get a first-hand view of the sport while also enjoying a trade fair stocked with local vendors. Enjoy lunch from one of our many award-winning food trucks offering everything from tacos to mediterranean cuisine. General admission tickets are $15 for Thursday and Friday, $19 for Saturday and $29 for Sunday which includes access to LeAnn Rimes. Click here to purchase tickets.

Competition begins Thursday when the T3D and CCI* competitors will start their weekend in the dressage arena. Dressage continues on Friday with the CCI2*, CCI3*, and national divisions. The T3D endurance day begins at 2:00 p.m. with Phase D (cross-country) scheduled to begin at 2:40 p.m.

International cross-country will be held on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. with the CCI2*. The CCI3* will begin at 10:20 a.m. followed by the CCI* at 12:25 p.m. The T3D competition concludes Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. with a thrilling show jumping finale.

Show jumping for the CCI divisions will be held in Sycamore Field starting with the CCI* division at noon. The classes will run in reverse order of standing to guarantee a thrilling finish.

For entries, times and scoring, click here for entries, times and scoring click here.


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