Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) looks forward to welcoming record entries to next week’s VHT International & Horse Trials as well as The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships.
VHT International has received over 600 entries for the entire event as well as a record number of YEH entries for 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. With 78 YEH entries at the time of publication, VHT and the USEA YEH Committee jointly agreed to run the 4-year-old division with 23 entries as a one-day format on Wednesday, October 28. The 5-year-old division with 55 entries will run over two days, from October 28-29.
“We’re very excited we have so many entries for The Dutta Corp. USEA YEH East Coast Championships this year,” stated YEH Committee Chair, Marilyn Payne. “Because of that, we don’t want to turn anyone away, so we were able to bring on additional judges for the 4-year-old division, which was the original plan for 2020 if entries were large enough. To make the schedule work, we needed three additional judges for the 4-year-old Championship.”
Peter Gray and Debbie Adams will be judging the 5-year-old division as planned. The judges for the 4-year-old Championship are Marilyn Payne, Tim Holekamp, and Phyllis Dawson. For the 5-year-old division, Adams will judge dressage and Gray will judge conformation, and then they will judge the jumping/galloping phase together. For the 4-year-old division, Payne will judge dressage and Holekamp will judge conformation, and then Payne and Dawson will judge the jumping/galloping phase together.
Payne is an FEI 4* Eventing Judge and a USEF “S” Dressage Judge. She was the President of the Ground Jury at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and judged at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong and each of the six four-stars in the world. Payne is also a distinguished trainer, competitor, one of the founders of the USEA YEH program, and co-chair of the YEH Committee.
Holekamp is a retired ophthalmologist specializing in retina surgery. He has been around horses all his life, and together with his wife Cheryl, who is a “S” dressage judge and Grand Prix rider, they have been breeding Trakehner sport horses for 30 years on their New Spring Farms, in Missouri and Ocala. He completed the training program for breed inspector and presently is in charge of the American Trakehner Association’s inspection review committee, after a four-year term as president of that Association. His focus now is on U.S. Three-Day Eventing team development through co-chairing the USEA YEH Committee with Payne and working on the USEF's Eventing Owners Task Force.
Dawson competed at the highest levels of three-day eventing for over 30 years. In 1988, Dawson represented the United States in the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, riding Albany II, finishing tenth overall. She also rode for the United States Equestrian Team in 1997, successfully competing Snowy River in the Open European Championships at Burghley, England. Dawson has served on the USEA Board of Governors, various USEA Committees, and has worked with both the Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse programs as a young horse expert, breeder, and judge.
VHT Organizer Andy Bowles and his team are looking forward to an exciting event running October 28-November 1. In addition to the YEH Championships, VHT International is also the host of the USEF Two-Star Eventing National Championships, an Intercollegiate and Alumni Team Challenge, and the following divisions: CCI3*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI2*-S, CCI*-L, Advanced/Intermediate, Intermediate, Preliminary, Modified, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice, Starter.
“It’s been a challenging year for eventers with many restrictions and fewer events being held due to the pandemic,” Bowles said. “We were determined to accept as many entries as we possibly could and give everyone an opportunity to run their horses. We are always grateful that competitors choose to come to VHT and we’re looking forward to a great event.”
Nestled in the heart of St. Louis County is Queeny Park, the former estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar M. Queeny. This gorgeous public park features trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, a dog park, and so much more. On any given day you can find cyclists, walkers, families, and more enjoying the sprawling grounds of Queeny Park, but once a year eventers take over as the park hosts the Queeny Park Horse Trials. It is not uncommon for park visitors to watch from a safe distance as horses gallop across the grounds at Queeny Park, making it an event that truly anyone in the community can enjoy. This family-friendly staple in the St. Louis equestrian community has run for over 40 years, offering eventers in Area IV and beyond the opportunity to enjoy the park's ample space and terrain during the weekend-long event.
Where can you find fierce competition at every level, an overwhelming team atmosphere, and tons of spirit? The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships of course! The 2022 Championships get underway tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST with the Opening Ceremony and Senior Awards Presentation, and official competition kicks off first thing Saturday morning. A total of 87 championship competitors will be representing 12 schools and make up 22 championship teams which will compete over the course of the weekend at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials.
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.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2022. They are returning as a ‘Bronze Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series’, and a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.’ As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.