LEESBURG, VA – More than 230 riders competed in the Morven Park Spring International Horse Trials, held April 1st and 2nd at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Va. Riders of all ages and ability levels, from children to Olympic veterans, turned out for a spectacular spring weekend at Morven Park. Counting riders, spectators and guests an estimated 600 people were in attendance.
The winners included Cornelia Dorr riding Sir Patico MH to victory in the Intermediate division. The Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) award was offered in each division. The winners include Sally Cousins on her superstar Tsunami in the Intermediate, and Mimi Abel-Smith’s Sevasto, ridden by Natalie Wales, in the Beginner Novice division. T.I.P. was designed by the Jockey Club to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, and this award showcases the success of Thoroughbreds in eventing competition.
For a listing of all competitor results, click here.
This year’s competition featured 16 divisions from Beginner Novice through Intermediate. Riders and horses enjoyed new footing in all of the riding arenas and galloped across Morven Park’s renowned cross country jumping course, known as one of the best in the world.
At a Horse Trials competition, riders compete in an equestrian discipline known as “eventing,” in which each horse and rider combination must compete in three disciplines: dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.
Each year, Morven Park welcomes 200,000 visitors who come to enjoy exquisite scenery, formal boxwood gardens, the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, the athletic fields, the iconic Greek Revival mansion, museums and hiking trails. Morven Park was once the home of Thomas Swann, Jr., governor of Maryland during the Civil War, as well as the home of Westmoreland Davis, governor of Virginia during WWI.
Morven Park is a nonprofit that relies on donations to fund its work in historic preservation; a world-renowned equestrian center; youth sports and athletics; and a unique civics education program that partners with Loudoun County Public Schools. To learn more or to donate to Morven Park, visit www.MorvenPark.org.
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced the inaugural Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill will take place October 14-17, 2021. Health and safety factors, in addition to other challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, led to a final decision to postpone the international three-day eventing competition originally scheduled for this October at the newly constructed Special Event Zone at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County, Maryland.
Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Massachusetts (Area I) was scheduled to host two one-day events in 2020 offering Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions. Their May event was forced to cancel due to COVID-19, but their September event is planning to run as scheduled.
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).
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