Area IV’s Fox River Valley Pony Club (FRVPC) Horse Trials held in Barrington Hills, Illinois just outside of Chicago wrapped up an exciting weekend of competition which saw the return of the FEI CCI2* level including the CCI2*-L and CCI2*-S formats!
For almost five decades, the Fox River Valley Pony Club, with the support of an entire community, has helped organize, host, and support the FRVPC Horse Trials. FRVPC recognized how important international level competition was to the Area IV Eventing community and decided to bring back the FEI divisions. Instituting was a very large feat, but the event was a huge success!
This year, Jay Hambly, FEI international cross-country course designer and lead builder for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics designed the cross-country courses from Starter to CCI2* level. Brody Robertson was the show jumping course designer for the first time.
Hambly's cross-country courses were extremely well received, challenging the riders while riding well. We had a gorgeous day for cross-country and Hambly had this to say about how the CCI courses rode: “I think [the rode] very well and the riders all made smart decisions and finished with better horses than they started with.”
The Training course seemed to be the most challenging but very educational for the horses and riders with many getting around after second attempts at the more challenging questions.
Everyone was accepted at the final jogs for both the CCI2*-L and CCI2*-S.
The event was also hosting a Pony Club Rally in conjunction with the horse trials this year and all the Pony Clubbers also had to present their horses and ponies to the ground jury at the beginning of the competition as well as on the final morning.
We were thrilled that CEO of the United States Eventing Association Rob Burk came to volunteer at our event this weekend! This is what he had to say about our event: “This is a wonderful event and it is obvious how much the volunteers and organizers love this event. The mix of the Pony Club rally and the horse trials make it even more special. I will definitely be back to visit!”
Peter Gray, President of the Ground Jury and dressage judge, said he was here three years ago and the event continuously improves with the quality of the courses and the track, this year being excellent.
In 2020, FRVPC Horse Trials will celebrate its 50th year! In addition to supporting the sport of eventing in the Midwest and the educational mission of the FRVPC Pony Club, the running of the FRVPC Horse Trials also plays a critical role in the preservation of open space in the unique equestrian area of Barrington Hills. It is a truly special event that unites an entire community and a legacy we hope will continue on for years to come.
Take a look at www.FRVPCHorseTrials.org to learn more about the horse trials.
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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).