The Woodside Preliminary Challenge is set to highlight the Event at Woodside, held May 25-28, 2018 for a 10th consecutive year. This highly-anticipated event, presented by Equine Insurance of California, CWD, Devoucoux, Professionals’ Choice, CARMA, and CANTER, invites the best Preliminary level horses and riders to go head to head for their chance at $15,000 in prize money.
Hosted at the beautiful Horse Park at Woodside, the Preliminary Challenge is the only event of its kind, offering a world class competitive environment tailored for horses and riders who have not competed above the Preliminary level.
“Woodside gives you an opportunity to feel the pressure and excitement you’d find at big International shows, while also competing for big prizes,” said Mallory Hogan, winner of the 2017 Preliminary Challenge rider division. “The electric atmosphere of the Preliminary Challenge was a big part of my preparation before my trip to the Young Riders Championship. We’re so lucky to have Woodside provide this kind of showcase at the level!”
The forty-four Preliminary Challenge combinations earn their first marks of the weekend in the dressage phase, which begins Friday, May 25, at 8:00 a.m. in the Grand Prix Arena. The competition heats up Saturday, May 26, with the heart-pumping cross country phase where riders are up against Ian Stark’s testing track.
Spectators are welcome and encouraged! A car fee of $10 guarantees parking and an event program as well as access to the entire horse park.
The Challenge culminates on Saturday night with the nail-biting show jumping finale in the Grand Prix Arena. Priority seating in the new heated ringside tent are available with the purchase of a Gala Dinner ticket. Reservations ensure that fans, family and friends won’t miss a second of the action, and once our champions are crowned enjoy drinks, dinner and dancing. Dinner tickets are available for $60 per person or $550 for a table of 10. The Gala Dinner sells out every year, so don’t wait, reserve your tickets today.
“I think the format we’ve created for the Woodside Preliminary Challenge — the evening show jumping competition with the awards right afterward and the catered dinner — has become something truly special over the last nine years, ” said event organizer Robert Kellerhouse. “The Preliminary Challenge has become a competition that the riders aim for every year, and it’s become an event that people in the Woodside area and people riding in the other divisions at Woodside look forward to watching every year.”
The Preliminary Challenge offers two divisions: The Horse, which is open to riders of any level of experience with horses who have not competed at the Intermediate level or above; The Rider division is open to all horses with riders who have not competed at the Intermediate level or above.
New this year, College students are invited to Woodside’s first Intercollegiate Challenge! The competition will include teams of four riders of any level. The three best final scores will count towards the cumulative team result. To account for differences in level difficulty, each rider’s score is multiplied by a coefficient appropriate for their level. To learn more about the USEA Intercollegiate Program, visit www.useventing.com/membership/intercollegiate.Visit the show office to sign up for the Intercollegiate Challenge. Scramble teams will be created if entries warrant.
The Event at Woodside is excited to welcome CWD, Devoucoux, Equine Insurance of California, CANTER, CARMA and Professional’s Choice as the 2018 Presenting Sponsors of the Spring Event.
Sunsprite Warmbloods returns as a Gold Medal Sponsor.
Silver Medal Sponsors are: SmartPak and Voltaire Design.
Bronze Medal Sponsors are: Auburn Laboratories, Inc., Geranium, Ride On Video, and Triple Crown Nutrition.
Eventing Training Online is a Friend Level Sponsor.
To learn more about The Event at Woodside, please visit www.woodsideeventing.com.
To purchase tickets for the Gala Dinner, please visit www.woodsideeventing.com/tickets.
To learn more about eventing, please visit the U.S. Eventing Association’s website at www.useventing.com.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
USEA Area II announces its annual fundraising auction online is open for bidding! This fundraiser is over 20 years old and now well-known as the "Black Friday" for entries to ALL your favorite events! In typical years, the auction is held as a silent auction at the Annual Area Meeting, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, no in-person meeting will be held, so we're bringing the auction to everyone online this year.
The first USEA Pony of the Year award was presented in 2007 to the legendary Theodore O’Connor (Witty Boy x Chelsea’s Melody), a Thoroughbred/Anglo-Arab gelding ridden by Karen O’Connor and owned by the Theodore O’Connor Syndicate. Now, a trophy bearing his name is presented each year to the Pony of the Year.