With just over six weeks until the start of competition, the Carolina International Organizing Committee is pleased to announce exciting developments for the seventh annual Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International. Running March 19-22, 2020 at the Carolina Horse Park, this year’s event will award $100,000 across the International and Horse Trial divisions, with thanks to long-term, loyal, and generous sponsors.
Outstanding prize money has been a hallmark of the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International and in 2020 the overall total has grown to an unprecedented six-figures. This year the Setters’ Run Farm CCI4*-S awards a total of $50,000, with the division winner capturing $16,500. The Attwood Equestrian Surfaces CCI3*-S sees $25,000 on the line, $8,000 of which will be presented to the victor. While $15,000 is up for grabs in the Breezeway Sporthorse and Diagnostic Clinic & Friendship Mobile Veterinary Imaging and Sports Medicine CCI2*-S, with the winner receiving $5,000. Horse trials competitors will also receive their share of $10,000 at the Advanced through Training levels.
“The Carolina International has been a staple on the East Coast’s spring calendar for the past six years and we are once again looking forward to hosting North America’s best horses and riders in 2020. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, we are pleased to be offering $100,000 in prize money this year,” said Carolina International Co-Chair Robert Costello. “Carolina has always strived to be one of the premier events in North America and this record amount of prize money demonstrates our clear commitment to the sport. We look forward to seeing everyone in March for a great weekend of competition."
The 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships kicked off today at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland following the successful completion of the FEH Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas this past Thursday. Twenty-three horses were presented today to Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White – four in the FEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship and 18 in the FEH East Coast 3-year-old Championship.
After a rainy night, the footing for the FEI cross-country drained nicely and held up well throughout the morning. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp held on to her overnight lead aboard Fernhill By Night and added 4.8 time faults to her double clear show jumping round to take home the win in the CCI4*-S. Not one rider was able to make it through the finish flags within the time allowed, but the top 28 had no jumping penalties.
The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions were able to complete their show jumping before the torrential rain interrupted the competition for the CCI2*-S division.
The 2020 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships took place yesterday, September 24 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. With four new champions crowned, this marked one of the first USEA Championships to be held in 2020. Jayne Lloyd, the organizer of the Championships shared, “Everyone had a nice day with their youngsters. The quality of horses is getting better and better. Haras [Hacienda] is a lovely facility to put this on – great stabling, great footing, all indoor because we’ve had some bad weather the past few days. But overall, I think it all went really well.”