The closing date is fast approaching for the May 23-26 Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) International and Horse Trials at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia. With two new divisions on offer this year, the 2019 spring edition of the Virginia Horse Trials may be the best yet.
Beginner Novice through Advanced/Intermediate divisions, including Modified, are on the schedule this year as well as a debut Starter division with fences set at 2’-2’3”. Starter is the perfect opportunity for newcomers to the sport (both horses and riders) to dip their toes into competition at a world-class facility. International divisions include CCI3*-S, CCI2*-L, and, for the first time at the spring event, a CCI2*-S class.
“We try to make positive changes based on feedback from competitors and add a little something new every year,” Organizer Andy Bowles said. “It was natural for us to add the CCI2*-S to the schedule considering the popularity of the CCI2*-L. And with our schooling shows throughout the year seeing so much success, we’re hoping to see some of the competitors from those shows joining us at the recognized level, from Starter on up.”
Young Event Horse divisions for 4- and 5-year-olds are also available for the next generation of eventing horses to get an educational experience and qualify for the USEA Young Event Horse Championships.
There is something for everyone at Virginia Horse Trials, from the green beans all the way to the professional ranks. Competitors are guaranteed great courses, carefully maintained footing, good food on site, and ample vendors, all on a sprawling facility in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“We’ve really settled into our rhythm at VHT, and we are excited about everything we are presenting to competitors year after year,” Bowles said. “We have a great team dedicated to putting on the best event possible and giving every horse and rider a great experience no matter what level they compete.”
This is always a large competition with 400+ horses. Don’t wait until the last minute to enter! Closing date is Tuesday, May 7.
The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.
Beginning May 17, 2021, USEF will implement new protocols regarding the use of face coverings/masks at USEF-licensed competitions in response to recently updated CDC recommendations. Please click here to access the full amendments to the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan protocols.
Nicole Brown is joined this week by Irish World Equestrian Games silver medalist Sam Watson as they discuss the road to a successful cross-country round. They cover your basic training at home before your event, what you do when you get to the event and are walking the course, warming-up, visualization, and finally how to tackle the course. This podcast is full of words of wisdom from Sam that will keep you listening to the very end so tune in now!
Boyd Martin claimed the CCI4*-L victory at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event riding Luke 140, owned by The Luke 140 Syndicate. California rider Tamra Smith held the lead and second place with Danito and En Vogue, respectively, with the two swapping placings after cross-country, and Martin and Luke 140 maintaining third place through both phases. But two rails down for Danito dropped him to fourth place and En Vogue was relegated to third with three rails down, opening the door for Martin and Luke 140 to clinch the win.