March 2, 2020 - In its 18-year history, the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event (JFI) has become one of the most influential eventing competitions in the country. Taking place at the Horse Park of New Jersey, May 6-10, the 2020 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, presented by B.W. Furlong & Associates, in conjunction with Division Sponsor, Zoetis; new Presenting – level Sponsor, AIG; and Competitor Hospitality Sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim, will once again serve as a qualifying selection trial for the United States Eventing team that will compete in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
In the past, Jersey Fresh has helped to determine teams for both the Olympic and World Equestrian Games for the U.S. and Canada. In 2019, JFI was a qualifying event for the U.S. Eventing Team that went on to win double gold medals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
This year’s Jersey Fresh will host CCI Four-Star and Three-Star events featuring many of the nation’s top horses and riders. In addition, JFI will host a newly added Preliminary Division for future stars in the sport.
“We are excited that the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event will once again play a part in the selection process for this year’s U.S. Olympic team,” said, Morgan Rowsell, co-organizer of Jersey Fresh International. “Our event will feature the nation’s best horses and riders and spectators will have the opportunity to watch them compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic team headed for Tokyo!”
JFI is proud to partner with Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption & Placement who will be the event’s official beneficiary. Second Call, founded in 2012, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Thoroughbred adoption and placement program dedicated to New Jersey’s off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Serving as the exclusive "After Care Program" for Monmouth Park, the mission is to assist and ensure that retired racehorses find a second calling and/or profession. Thoroughbreds accepted into the program are rested, evaluated, and re-acclimated. They are then transitioned to proven trainers with a financial stipend from Second Call who retrain and prepare the former racehorses for their new tasks. Every effort is made to ensure successful, long-term placements.
Spectators at JFI will enjoy watching former and future Olympians as they compete in the heart of the beautiful New Jersey horse country. JFI also provides a fantastic shopping and entertainment venue for equestrians and non-equestrians alike. Vendors featuring tack, boots, clothing, supplements, artisan creations, and a wide variety of specialty goods will be on hand as well as food vendors offering a variety of local cuisine. Spectators can also participate in tailgating during the cross-country phase of the competition, hat decorating contests, children’s activities, and so much more!
Admission to JFI and the Horse Park of New Jersey, is free on Wednesday, May 6 (first jog); Thursday, May 7 (dressage phase, day one); and Friday, May 8 (dressage phase, day two). General admission tickets for Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10 are available at the gate for $10 per person. General Admission does not include admission to VIP/pre-reserved tents or pre-reserved tailgating spots. More information about tailgating and tickets is available online at www.jfi3d.com.
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.