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.
Five-star eventer Kim Severson taught a show jumping clinic in January at Milestone Sport Horses in Lovettsville, Virginia where she instructed riders on the importance of forward riding for successful jumping. In this exercise, which Severson progressively adds additional pieces to, riders are instructed to focus on the quality of their canter.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.
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.