For some of the horse and human athletes contending the Galway Downs International Event starting Thursday, November 1, the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may start in Temecula.
Olympians of the past, present, and future will fly over immovable natural obstacles on the cross-country course that weaves throughout Galway Downs’ 242 beautifully-landscaped acres. They’ll show-off horse-human partnerships by executing precise patters in dressage court, then finish with clock-racing stadium jumping to determine the victor in this sport often described as “equestrian triathlon.”
Close to 100 competitors are set to vie for ribbons, prize money, and ranking points, with a strong field in the CCI2* division that is a stepping stone to the CCI3* level at which the Olympics are contested. The field includes James Alliston of Great Britain, winner of the 2017 Galway Downs International CCI3* and a many-time winners circle visitor over the years. (The Galway Downs International CCI3* will return in 2019.)
Growing and evolving alongside the city that surrounds it, the Galway Downs Equestrian Center is celebrating its 21st year of hosting international equestrian competition. Improvements to footing, fences, and other aspects critical to elite equine athletes and their riders parallel a transformation of the grounds into an elegant, family-oriented special event and entertainment venue.
Fans have a front-row seat for every phase of the exhilarating action, plus award-winning dining options, shopping opportunities, and access to the Temecula Jamboree Country Music Festival on Saturday, November 3. The pairing of equestrian sport with good food, family fun, and first-class entertainment is a hallmark of the entirely revamped Galway Downs property in the heart of Temecula wine and horse country.
Headlined by Jerrod Niemann and Cassadee Pope, the Jamboree begins at 12:30 p.m. with opening act Sabrina Lentini and continues on into the evening. VIP tickets for the Galway Downs International Event include admission to the Jamboree and tickets can also be purchased separately.
Competition begins Wednesday in the national Training Three-Day division, with schooling and horse inspections for all contenders. Part of the U.S. Eventing Association’s Classic Series, a “T3D” gives today’s riders a chance to experience the origins of the sport, including a four-phase endurance day which will test their weeks of fitness preparation.
Friday kicks off the contest with dressage for CCI, Preliminary, Training, Novice, and T3D. Saturday is jammed-packed with cross-country for CCI and T3D pairs, starting at 9:30 a.m. and set to the soundtrack of the Temecula Jamboree through the afternoon. An exhibitor’s party that evening will see riders, family members, owners, and grooms kick up their heels.
Sunday begins with a second horse inspection at 8 a.m. for CCI horses, cross-country for Training and Novice divisions, and show jumping finishes for T3D, Preliminary, and CCI starting at 9:30 a.m. on the Sycamore Grass Field. Tackling the course in reverse order of their standings after the first two phases, Sunday show jumpers guarantee excitement in their final chance for victories.
Daily general admission tickets are $15 on Thursday and Friday and $19 on Saturday and Sunday. Daily and all-event Patron’s Passes include seating in the elegant ringside VIP tents with meals and beverages to suit each day’s competition schedule. For tickets, visit www.GalwayDowns.net.
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On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.
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It is with great disappointment and regret, which we know will be shared by many, that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Badminton Horse Trials which was due to be held “behind closed doors” between May 5 and May 9. This cancellation also includes the BE90 and BE100 Championships (May 4 and 5).