Area II is pleased announced the sites for this year’s Area Championships. The Area II Council has decided to consolidate the Championships as much as possible. After receiving bids from a number of organizers, it was decided that the upper level Area Championships will be held at Plantation Field Horse Trials in September to coincide with its CIC competitions. The other Area Championship levels will be held as part of the October Virginia Horse Trials.
There will be differences between the regular horse trials and the Championship divisions in both show jumping and cross-country. For the upper levels at Plantation, the course will be of a championship nature and may include elements of the CIC. The area will be working with these organizers and USEA to make this year’s championships something special and hope that we will not disappoint anyone.
Put these dates down on your calendar:
Intermediate and Advanced – Plantation: September 16-18
Beginner Novice through Preliminary – Virginia Horse Trials: October 28-30.
Regarding qualifications, the complete set of qualification rules can be found on the Area 2 website
As a reminder we changed the qualifying periods last year to ensure that every ride at a horse trial would count toward qualifications in at least one year. Thus the policy is now “from the closing date of the previously run Championship of a given level to the closing date of the current year's Championship at the same level."
This means the qualifying period’s are as follows:
BN 8/5/10 - 10/11/11
N 10/13/10- 10/11/11
T 10/13/10- 10/11/11
P 8/18/10- 10/11/11
I 8/18/10- 8/30/11
A 8/18/10- 8/30/11
There is a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after day one of dressage in the inaugural CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Twenty pairs took their turn in the Rolex arena this morning in front of judges Mark Weissbecker and Helen Brettell, with Tamra Smith and Danito securing the early lead on their score of a 28.1. Shortly after, Doug Payne and Starr Witness matched Smith’s score, and nearing the end of the division, Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine also said checkmate, as they claimed the same score of a 28.1.
This year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian has already begun in dramatic fashion, with a snowstorm blanketing the Kentucky Horse Park the night before the first horse inspection. Now, the snow has melted, the spring flowers are out, and we are set with 63 combinations ready to canter into the Rolex Arena for the CCI5*-L, and 46 combinations in the CCI4*-S, after all horses passed the first inspection.
With snow taking the place of spectators, the first day of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by MARS Equestrian looked much different than any other year. A total of 63 horses were presented today (Wednesday, April 21) to the ground jury of Christina Klingspor (SWE), Robert Stevenson (USA), Peter Gray (CAN), and the veterinary delegate Karen Nyrop, DVM (USA).
On Saturday morning 65 horses will leave the start box at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS to tackle Derek di Grazia's cross-country course. With 28 fences and 50 jumping efforts at 570 mpm, the horses and riders will need to be fit as they take on the highest level of the sport and the first CCI5*-L in the U.S. since 2019.