Oct 04, 2018

Fast Facts: 2018 Woodside International Horse Trials

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
James Alliston and Happenstance, the 2017 Woodside International CIC3* winners. USEA/Jessica Duffy Photo.

The 2018 Woodside International Horse Trials kick off tomorrow in Woodside, California and this year the event is offering Introductory through Intermediate levels and CIC*, CIC2*, CIC3* divisions. The Woodside International Horse Trials are also playing host to the 2018 Area VI Championships for Introductory through Advanced. The Preliminary Horse, Intermediate, and Advanced Area VI Championships will take place as part of the CIC*, CIC2*, and CIC3* divisions, respectively.

  • Over 330 riders will compete across the divisions from Introductory all the way up to Intermediate and 63 riders are set to compete in the CIC*, CIC2*, and CIC3* divisions.
  • There are 33 competitors in the CIC*, 24 in the CIC2*, and six in the CIC3*.
  • Of the 330 riders competing in the horse trials divisions, 88 are competing in Championship divisions. The Senior Training Rider Championships division is the largest with 13 competitors.
  • Soaring Bird (Bird on the Wire x Vuelta), Andrea and Connie Baxter’s 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, will be competing in his first CIC3* with Rebecca Braitling in the irons. Braitling has had the ride on Soaring Bird for five years and has produced him from the Novice level.
  • Dana Chase and her 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding Aerolite (Ariadus x Cosmic Romance) have been competing together for nine years and have completed six Advanced level events in the last 12 months. This is their first CIC3*.
  • Kerry Groot and her own Borasco (Bravo x Faunja), a 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding, have just two starts at the Advanced level on their resume, securing top-10 finishes at both, and will be making their first CIC3* attempt this weekend.
  • Liza Horan and Lafite (Linaro x Sundrift Sandal), her own 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding, finished third at their first Advanced at Twin Rivers in September and will attempt their first CIC3* this weekend.
  • Marissa Nielsen and Vinetta M are also making their debut at the CIC3* level. She and her own 9-year-old Hanoverian mare had a successful first run at Advanced at Twin Rivers last month, finishing in fourth place.
  • Alexis Helffrich and London Town (Laitin x Klidara Baylee), Pamela Williams’ 11-year-old Warmblood gelding, are the most experienced pair of the CIC3* division at Woodside, most recently placing 8th in the CCI3* at Rebecca Farm.
  • Ian Stark has returned as the cross-country course designer for the fourth year in a row and has changed things up this year, adding new elements to the water complex and utilizing some unused tracks on the property. Burt Wood also assisted in course designing for the CIC* level and below.
  • Chris Barnard will design the show jumping courses for all levels.
  • General Admission to the event is $10 per car and includes parking and a program, and tickets to both the Friday Welcome Reception and Saturday Awards Dinner as well as day and weekend patron passes are also available for purchase. Click here to purchase tickets!
  • This year, Ride On Video will be live streaming the CIC*, CIC2*, CIC3*, and Area VI Championships and the live stream will include commentary from Ed Holloway and Malcolm Hook.

Competition Schedule

Thursday

  • 12:00 p.m. – In-Barn Examinations for CIC*, CIC2*, and CIC3* competitors

Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Dressage – All Levels (Arenas 1-6)
  • 2:15 p.m. – Show Jumping – CIC3*, CIC2*, CIC*

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Show Jumping – Novice, Beginner Novice, Introductory
  • 8:15 a.m. – Cross-Country – Preliminary, CIC*, Intermediate, CIC2*, CIC3*, Training

Sunday

  • 8:00 a.m. – Cross-Country – Novice, Beginner Novice, Introductory
  • 8:15 a.m. – Show Jumping – Intermediate, Preliminary, Training

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