In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the organizers of VHT International & Horse Trials are pleased to host over 450 horses at the Virginia Horse Center this weekend as well as the USEF CCI2*-L Eventing National Championships.
“We are happy to welcome competitors back to Virginia Horse Trials this weekend. There is something very special about the Autumn competition,” VHT Organizer Andy Bowles said. “For me, it’s about the community and the celebration of the sport. We are always working to make improvements to the venue so competitors have the best possible experience, and we appreciate their continued support in making VHT a destination event. We wish everyone good luck this weekend.”
VHT is hosting Starter through CCI3*-L divisions, plus an Intercollegiate & Alumni Team Challenge. CCI2*-L competitors will vie for the Richard Collins Trophy (Overall Champion) and the Harry T. Peters Trophy (14–21-year-old rider) as part of the USEF CCI2*-L Eventing Championships.
The first horse inspection was held Thursday afternoon for the CCI3*-L, CCI2*-L, and CCI1*-L competitors. All horses presented were accepted by the ground juries. The competition gets underway Friday, with all three phases running concurrently across the sprawling Virginia Horse Center.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the combinations selected to compete in the 2024 USEF Futures Team Challenge at the Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials, from March 14-17 in Raeford, North Carolina. The Challenge is designed to replicate the experience of competing within a team environment and thus is a training opportunity embedded within an existing competition at the CCI3* and CCI4* levels.
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 Colorado Horse Park (CHP) in Parker, Colorado, has deep roots in the sport of eventing. Originally known as High Prairie Farms, owner Helen Krieble purchased the property in the early 1990s with one dream: hosting horse trials. That dream took off and for many years High Prairie Farm was host to many eventing competitions. Krieble later donated the ground to Douglas County with the agreement that the land would be used for equestrian sport and the CHP was born.
Kate Boggan describes her younger self as your typical horse-crazy kid. “As soon as I saw a horse, I was obsessed,” the born and raised Texan recalled. “It was the most expensive mistake my parents ever made taking me to my first rodeo as a toddler.”