Morven Park is thrilled to host over 250 riders for its annual Spring Horse Trials. The weekend features an equestrian discipline known as “eventing,” in which each horse and rider combination must compete in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. Competition begins on Saturday, March 31 and continues through Sunday, April 1 and is free for spectators.
“We are excited to be hosting the Morven Park Spring Horse Trials in our brand new outdoor riding arenas this year,” said Sheryl Williams, Morven Park’s Executive Director. “We are thankful for the equestrian community’s continued support of the arena project and the International Equestrian Center and wish our competitors a great ride over the weekend.”
This year’s competition will feature 16 divisions, from Beginner Novice through Intermediate. Riders and horses will gallop across Morven Park’s cross-country course, known as one of the best in the world. The Spring Horse Trials will also be the first event hosted in the newly built Morven Park arenas. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. and will end at approximately 4:00 p.m. each day.
While riders of many levels compete at Morven Park, the education of young horses and riders has long been a focus, building on the legacy of the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, an equestrian college for aspiring riders and trainers that was based at the park from 1967 to 1991.
All guests are asked to enter Morven Park via Tutt Lane from Route 15, just north of Leesburg. Spectators are invited to eat the MVP Café, which will be open both days of Horse Trials, and peruse offerings at the Vendor Village, which will be located right outside the Hofmann Building.
For more information about Horse Trials and the International Equestrian Center, visit www.MorvenPark.org. For those interested in sponsorship, email [email protected].
Morven Park is a 1,000-acre nonprofit park in Leesburg, Virginia. Known as the “Central Park” of Loudoun County, Morven Park welcomes 200,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy exquisite scenery, formal boxwood gardens, the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, the Athletic Field Complex, 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. For more information, or to support the Park, visit www.MorvenPark.org.
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.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
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).