The Fork Horse Trials is returning to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C. for the third year in a row. The event often serves as horses and riders final prep runs before the Kentucky Three-Day Event – making it an exciting week of competition. This will be the first time that riders gallop on the cross-country course since the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) last September.
The Fork Competition Schedule
Thursday, April 4
9:00 - 11:42 a.m. – CCI3*-S dressage
9:00 - 10:56 a.m. – Advanced dressage
9:00 - 11:50 a.m. – Preliminary dressage
11:12 a.m. - 12:39 p.m. – Intermediate dressage
12:43 - 3:02 p.m. – CCI2*-S dressage
Friday, April 5
9:00 a.m. - 2:36 p.m. – CCI4*-S dressage
9:00 - 10:11 a.m. – Modified dressage
9:00 - 11:07 a.m. – Training dressage
10:26 a.m. - 2:36 p.m. – Novice dressage
11:29 a.m. - 12:22 p.m. – Beginner Novice dressage
Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Modified, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice cross-country
10:00 a.m. - 4:46 p.m. – Advanced, CCI4*-S, Intermediate, CCI3*-S, Preliminary, CCI2*- S show jumping
Sunday, April 7
9:00 a.m. – Intermediate, CCI3*-S, Advanced, CCI4*-S, Preliminary, CCI2*-S cross-country
10:00 a.m. – Modified, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice show jumping
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After not running in 2020 and 2021, the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event returned to the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Center in Quebec, Canada, in 2022. America's Jennie Saville (née Brannigan) and Twilightslastgleam won the CCI4*-L, as the chestnut Thoroughbred gelding (National Anthem x Royal Child) bred and owned by Nina Gardner moved up from eighth after dressage into the lead after cross-country with the fastest round on wet ground over the tracks designed by Derek di Grazia. Canada's Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge, a bay Selle Français gelding (Mylord Carthago x Lelia) owned by Patricia Pearce, finished second, and they are among four from the top-10 in the CCI4*-L in 2022 that return in 2023.
Hannah Sue Hollberg of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, was on a winning streak at the Essex Horse Trials on Sunday, claiming victory in both the $10,000 Open Intermediate and Open Preliminary divisions with two horses that are fairly new to her. Some difficulty on cross-country did not stop her mount Hachi from claiming victory in the Open Intermediate with a score of 101.6, while Open Preliminary partner Rockster finished on his dressage score of 27.3.
The great football coach Vince Lombardi said, “We win our games in practice.” With the goal of having the most effective practices possible for horses, their riders, and their coaches, Cathy Wieschhoff explains some signs that can indicate when horse and rider should repeat an exercise, switch it up, or be done with that activity. Wieschhoff brings perspective as a five-star rider that has competed at the Kentucky Three-Day Event and Burghley Horse Trials, a USEF “R” Course Designer for eventing cross-country and show jumping, a former Area VIII chair and member of the USEA Board of Governors, and a Level V USEA ECP Certified Coach based out of Carriage Station Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Poland CCIO4*-NC-S at the Strzegom Horse Trials (Poland) from June 21-25, 2023. The team will be under the direction of USEF Eventing Emerging and Development Coach Leslie Law.