Horses and riders dressed to the nines this morning for the first horse inspection at the 2017 Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. Sixty-one international pairs and all twenty-nine Training Three-Day competitors were accepted.
All ten CCI3* combinations were approved by the Ground Jury to begin competition. The field is made up of both four-star veterans as well as three-star first timers. Notable entries include recent Woodside CIC3* victors James Alliston and Happenstance as well as Kentucky Three-Day Event finishers Ellen Doughty-Hume with Sir Oberon and Bunnie Sexton with Rise Against. This class will begin with dressage Friday, November 3, at 10:45 a.m. in Ring 1.
Every CCI2* horse was also accepted, keeping the head count at fourteen for this division. They will complete the dressage portion of competition Friday, November 3, at 8:20 a.m. in Ring 1.
Thirty-seven pairs were accepted in the CCI* division. One horse, Stephanie Nicora’s High In The Air, was held and unfortunately not accepted upon representation. This group will perform their dressage tests Thursday, November 2, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in Ring 1.
Training Three-Day (T3D) competitors also kick off the competition today after all twenty-nine entries were accepted this morning. Part of the United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) 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. They begin dressage at 1:00 p.m. in Ring 2.
Dressage continues on Friday with the CCI2*, CCI3*, and national divisions. The T3D endurance day begins at 2:00 p.m. with Phase D (cross-country) scheduled to begin at 2:40 p.m.
International cross-country will be held on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. with the CCI2*. The CCI3* will begin at 10:20 a.m. followed by the CCI* at 12:25 p.m. The T3D competition concludes Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. with a thrilling show jumping finale.
Show jumping for the CCI divisions will be held in Sycamore Field starting with the CCI* division at 12:00 p.m on Sunday. The classes will run in reverse order of standing to guarantee a thrilling finish.
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Galway Downs is thrilled to welcome musical sensations LeAnn Rimes and Matt Ellis for a concert on Sunday evening following the conclusion of show jumping. General admission and Patron’s Passes offer access to the performance. Lee Koch will also perform for competitors and spectators on Saturday night following the conclusion of cross country.
Spectators are welcomed and encouraged! Visitors can get a first-hand view of the sport while also enjoying a trade fair stocked with local vendors. Enjoy lunch from one of our many award winning food trucks offering everything from tacos to mediterranean cuisine. General admission tickets are $15 for Thursday and Friday, $19 for Saturday and $29 for Sunday which includes access to LeAnn Rimes. Click here to purchase tickets.
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