The Fresno County Horse Park (FCHP), located in Fresno, California, is under new ownership as of November 15, 2020. John Marshall, who purchased the equestrian facility (known then as Ram Tap) in 2012 from Bill and Margaret Burton, has sold the park to Terry Hilst, an Area VI eventer who previously organized the horse trials at Camelot Equestrian Park in Butte Valley, California.
“I have some great news for all of you,” Marshall said in a statement on the FCHP Facebook page. “I have sold Fresno County Horse Park to Terry Hilst. The Horse Park has the best cross-country footing and the best drained footing in California and is best able to run early in the year during the rainy season. It would have been a shame for this facility to cease to run and Terry will keep it going. There are many, many people who have supported me and the Horse Park over the last eight years and I very much appreciate it.”
Hilst confirmed that Marshall will be staying on to assist in the transition and as co-organizer of the FCHP Horse Trials in 2021. Course designers Jay Hambly and Bert Wood along with Kim Goto Miner, Chris Hoyt, Ashley Ross, Stefanie Gladen, Nick Salwasser, and many others involved with the Horse Park will continue to assist as well. “There are so many people that don’t want to see the Horse Park go and have offered their assistance,” Hilst confirmed. “People are stepping up and we have tremendous support in the Area, and John Marshall has done so much for this facility and for Area VI.”
“We have lost so many venues in Area VI,” Hilst said, “And we need variety. I believe Area VI riders need a variety of courses and terrain to give them a chance to go forward. We are centrally located and have footing that can be used year-round.”
FCHP was founded by Pat and Marian Humphrey in 1957 and they passed the torch to the Burtons in the early 1980s. Events at FCHP are some of the longest-running in the country, and eventers in Area VI have long supported the venue. Learn more about the event’s history in the USEA Events A-Z article.
FCHP’s tentative schedule for 2021 includes the following:
Questions about the transition and events at FCHP in 2021 should be directed to Terry Hilst at [email protected].
Young horses from all over the world have flocked to Le Lion d'Angers, France for the Mondial du Lion young horse championships, including this year's Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. Prize recipients Cole Horn and MBF Cooley Permission to Land (Cobra x Deeply Dippy K). Horn and the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding bred by Knightfield Stud are representing the U.S. in the 2021 FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in the 7-year-old CCIYH3*-L Championship.
With 24 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program competitions on the 2014 calendar, young event horses all across the country had the opportunity to shine and qualify for the 2014 USEA YEH Championships. The YEH West Coast Championships were held at Galway Downs in Temecula, California, while the YEH East Coast Championships took place at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland. Following 2014’s YEH finale, many of the graduating class of the 2014 USEA Young Event Horse Championships have gone on to make their mark on the upper levels of eventing.
Following the cancellation of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event for 2022, US Equestrian will open a one-week bid process to fill the date on the 2022 U.S. Eventing Calendar. Per the 2022 U.S. FEI Eventing Calendar Policies and Procedures, applications to host the CCI4*-L level during the 2022 competition season are accepted by invitation only.
The addition of a new event to the competition calendar is always exciting, but the Event at TerraNova in Myakka City, Florida aims to really wow their first-time competitors at their inaugural event with top-notch competition facilities, stunning course design, exceptional amenities, and a horse show experience unlike any other. With a roster of 142 entries altogether from Starter to the in their CCI4*-S level, the Event at TerraNova is off to a great start!