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 spring eventing season in the Midwest is always a toss-up due to unpredictable weather. Will it rain, will it be sunny, or will it be a snowstorm? No one knows! Mid-America Combined Training Association’s (MACTA) first cross-country schooling of the season was cancelled in March due to extremely muddy footing conditions and by the time our April dates came around, COVID-19 was in full force and we were unable to host our cross-country schooling and schooling show.
The FEI has published its Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at assisting organizers and national federations with the safe resumption of international equestrian events in line with national and local restrictions.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).