Lexington, VA — Virginia Horse Trials is pleased to be named the host venue for the 2018 USEF One-Star Eventing National Championships which will take place during the Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials November 1-4, 2018 at the Virginia Horse Center.
"It's an honor for us to host the One-Star Championship and we are excited for the opportunity," said VHT Organizer Andy Bowles. "We've spent the last few years working very hard to continue developing this wonderful venue into a place where eventers at all levels can look forward to good ground, challenging courses, and excellent facilities."
Championship competitors can expect to tackle a more difficult cross-country test designed by John Michael Durr. The Championship division will be set apart by four to five different questions than the non-Championship CCI* division.
In addition to great competition, VHT is determined to make the fall event accessible to as many FEI competitors as possible by offering lower than average entry fees. The CIC2* and CCI* divisions (including Championship) cost $375 plus stabling, which is priced per night. The CCI2* fee is $475 plus stabling. To sweeten the deal, prize money and gifts are given to the top finishers.
"Eventing, and owning horses in general, is an expensive endeavor already. We have this beautiful venue and we want people to come and enjoy it," Bowles said. "For me, it's about bringing as many eventers together here as possible. I don't want to price people out of being able to participate in this event. We want everyone to feel welcome, have a good time and make plans to return."
FEI competitors often receive swag from the show office such as totes or logowear, and the top three finishers of every horse trials division receives discount coupons for future entries. Plus, every rider and their family is invited to a hearty complimentary supper at the Saturday night competitor party.
Alongside the FEI competition, Beginner Novice through Intermediate entrants enjoy the same great hospitality and competition. The Modified level will make its VHT debut in November and a Starter division has been added to give newcomers to the sport a low-stress introduction to a recognized event atmosphere.
VHT is pleased to welcome for the first time a combined Intercollegiate and Alumni Team Challenge in response to rider requests. Teams may be made up of alumni only, current students only, or a mix of both. Teams of mixed levels will have coefficients applied to account for the level of difficulty. Scramble teams may be formed with multiple schools. Send your team roster and any questions to Team Coordinator, [email protected].
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The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has approved additional modifications to the qualification period for the 2020 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds. The AEC is scheduled to take place August 25-30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, and the USEA is doing everything possible to ensure a safe and successful Championship, while also ensuring fair opportunities for all.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).