Located at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C., the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC and Horse Trials is the second 2018 leg of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. With both the CIC3* and Advanced divisions serving as Gold Cup classes, 90 pairs will be competing in the Series looking for their Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final qualification. 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of the Carolina International competition. Learn more about the history behind the event in its Events A-Z article.
Gold Cup Competition Schedule
Thursday, March 22
8:20 a.m. – 4:50 p.m. – CIC3* dressage
Friday, March 23
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – CIC3* dressage
8:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Advanced dressage
10:00 a.m. – 12:04 p.m. – CIC3* show jumping
Saturday, March 24
1:10 – 4:12 p.m. – CIC3* cross-country (top-10 in Reverse Order of Go)
4:15 – 5:45 p.m. – Advanced cross-country
Sunday, March 25
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Advanced show jumping
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About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced horse trials and CIC3* levels. The qualifying period begins August 2017 and continues through August 2018 with the final taking place at the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, August 29 – September 2, 2018. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final Advanced Division.
The USEA would like to thank Adequan, Standlee Hay Company, Nutrena, Merck Animal Health, Parker Equine Insurance, and FITS for sponsoring the 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. View the full schedule and learn more about the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series here.
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