Twin Rivers Ranch is excited to welcome world-renowned cross-country course designer Hugh Lochore as the new cross-country course designer for the Intermediate through CCI4* levels, beginning immediately with their September International event. This will be the first time FEI divisions will be included in the Fall Horse Trials in several years as the organizing committee expanded the program following record entries at their April FEI event.
“We are very excited to welcome Hugh to our team at Twin Rivers. We look forward to having some new eyes on the property to get a fresh crack at the courses,” Twin Rivers organizer Connie Baxter said. “This fall will allow Hugh to get used to the property and the flow of the show, in order to really put forward a new vision for 2020.”
Lochore is excited to bring his experience to Twin Rivers. Having designed all over the United States, and the world, he has an amazing eye for developing courses which incorporate the natural terrain of a property, creating a positive flow for both horses and riders. Lochore is visiting the venue and is excited to continue to work with Tommy Nenneman and his team of course builders, at Twin Rivers to get a feel for the courses and elements at the venue.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to design courses at Twin Rivers and work with the Baxter family. I have been a fan of this venue for quite a long time, and I look forward to the opportunity of utilizing some of the wonderful elements already present while adding my own touch to the courses at this prominent West Coast venue,” Lochore added. This fall, competition at the family-owned and operated ranch located in the heart of the Paso Robles wine country will begin Thursday, September 19th with the USEA West Coast Future Event Horse Championship. Jeff and Connie Baxter, owners of Twin Rivers Ranch, have hosted eventing competitions since 2004 and with more record-breaking numbers predicted, they are excited to welcome competitors to the first fall FEI event that Twin Rivers has hosted in several years.
In addition to the exciting competition spectators can enjoy in person, Twin Rivers will also be bringing back the live stream for the FEI divisions after an overwhelmingly positive response at the April event. Sponsorship packages are available with 30-second commercial opportunities on the live stream. For more information contact [email protected]. Viewership was extremely high during the April event and Twin Rivers is looking forward to providing the same high-quality coverage in September.
For the full schedule and results, as well as to learn more, please visit the Twin Rivers Ranch website.
The Virginia Horse Trials are held twice yearly at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia (Area II). At their event in May, they offer Starter through Advanced/Intermediate horse trials, CCI*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, and CCI3*-S FEI classes, and USEA Young Event Horse classes. At their event in October, they offer Starter through Advanced/Intermediate Horse Trials and CCI*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI3*-L, FEI divisions.
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