After a spring season of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eventers were finally able to gallop out of the start box once again at the beginning of June, and the Plantation Field Horse Trials was one of the first events to take place after the suspension of competition was lifted.
Having this historic competition close isn't the right result for the sport, and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is working hard to find a solution. The organizer and landowners operate exceptional events on a beautiful piece of land. We are deeply sensitive to the history of the word "plantation" and its connection to slavery; however, this property has no known connections to slavery and was instead named after 'plantings' on the property.
Plantation Field Horse Trials was one of the first events back out of the gate when the competition suspension was lifted at the beginning of the month, and that meant they were the guinea pigs for seeing what the new USEF COVID-19 Action Plan looked like in practice.
After nearly three long months of waiting, eventers were finally able to return to competition this past weekend with three events taking place at River Glen in New Market, Tennessee; Feather Creek in Norman, Oklahoma; and Plantation Field in Unionville, Pennsylvania. The USEA attended the Plantation Field Horse Trials on Friday to observe the return to competition amid new restrictions put in place by the USEF to protect all in attendance from COVID-19.
It’s been nearly three months since USEA recognized competitions were suspended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this past weekend saw competitors returning to the field of play at three events across the country: River Glen in New Market, Tennessee; Feather Creek in Norman, Oklahoma; and Plantation Field in Unionville, Pennsylvania.
This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
It was a beautiful sunny weekend in Coatesville, Pennsylvania for the 2019 edition of Plantation Field International. With 53 starters in the CCI4*-S, it was the largest division Plantation Field has seen at that level in several years. Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights ultimately walked away with the blue ribbon on a final score of 30.3 after one of just two double-clear rounds across Mike Etherington-Smith's cross-country course on Sunday.
Making the time proved to be the ticket to the top of the leaderboard today at Plantation Field International in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, with only three of the 53 horse-and-rider combinations in the CCI4*-S coming in under optimum time.
Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy (Azamore x Slamy) put in a double clear round over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course to move into the lead in the CCI4*-S at Plantation Field International in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and sit on their dressage score of 29.5 heading into the final phase of competition tomorrow.
“They are the Best. Volunteers. Ever,” said Bonnie Kibbie, volunteer coordinator for Plantation Field International, the event that’s often referred to as the "Best. Event. Ever." Plantation Field International is on September 18-22 in Unionville, Pennsylvania and this year, the event has a total of 218 competitors but will see even more volunteers.
Less than a month ago, Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights (BFF Incognito x Let’s Get it Right), her 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale gelding, placed second in the CCI4*-S at Great Meadow International. Now, they stand poised to improve their performance, this time at the Plantation Field International Horse Trials in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, as they sit in the lead of the CCI4*-S after dressage on a score of 26.3.