Oct 03, 2019

Fast Facts: 2019 Morven Park

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
Caroline Martin and The Apprentice - winners of the 2018 Morven Park CIC3*. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Morven Park offered its first CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) in 2014 and now five years later it has become a staple on the fall calendar as many riders use the event to prepare for the Fair Hill CCI4*-L and Ocala Jockey Club CCI4*-L. The Leesburg, Virginia event is also playing host to the Area II Championships as well as a CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and divisions from Advanced to Novice – offering nearly 400 riders the chance to gallop across the historic property. This is the final year of the CCI4*-S being the top class as in 2020 Morven will add CCI-L divisions to their schedule.

  • 21 pairs are entered in the CCI4*-S with 11 in the Advanced and two in the Area II Advanced Championships. This is the largest amount of 4* entries since 2015 when there were 26 starters.
  • In the last five years over 50% of the four-star and Advanced divisions have withdrawn after show jumping – using this event as a combined test to prepare for a CCI4*-L
  • The largest FEI division is the CCI2*-S with 32 entries and 25 pairs will tackle the CCI3*-S
  • Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights won the inaugural CIC3* in 2014, won again in 2017, and are returning this year to try and win the event for the third time. The 13-year-old Thoroughbred cross gelding (BFF Incognito x Let’s Get it Right) is in good form coming off a win at the Plantation Field CCI4*-S.
  • Three pairs are entered in their first CCI4*-S: Nicole Arden/Truckee Bash, Daryl Kinney/Rosie’s Girl, and Jane Papke/Norman
  • Phillip Dutton and Alexandra Knowles make up nearly 30% of the CCI4*-S division with three rides apiece. Knowles has one ride, Katherine O’Brien’s Business Class, a 9-year-old Selle Francais gelding making his CCI4*-S debut.
  • The president of the ground jury for the CCI4*-S is Robert Stevenson and he will be joined by Helen Brettell
  • Tremaine Cooper is the cross-country course designer with Michael Etherington-Smith advising
  • Chris Barnard will design the show jumping course
  • Morven Park is a 1,000-acre historic estate home to a 240-year-old mansion that was home to Westmoreland Davis, the governor of Virginia from 1918-1922.
  • Entry to the event is free, but touring the mansion costs $10 for adults and $5 for children (5 and under are free)
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border jump the famous leaf pit at Morven Park to win the 2018 Advanced. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Competition Schedule:

Friday
CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, Advanced, and Intermediate – dressage and show jumping

    Saturday
    CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, Advanced, and Intermediate – cross-country
    CCI2*-S, Preliminary-CH, Novice, and Beginner Novice-CH – dressage
    Training and Training-CH – dressage, show jumping, and cross-country

    Sunday
    CCI2*-S, Preliminary-CH, Novice, and Beginner Novice-CH – show jumping and cross-country
    Novice-CH – dressage, show jumping, and cross-country

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