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].
The scoreboard was kept working at full tilt on cross-country today at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International as 24 of the 41 CCI4*-L starters picked up some sort of jump penalty on Derek di Grazia’s course. The leader position changed several times throughout the afternoon as 15 penalties were handed out by the ground jury, but Waylon Roberts and Lancaster kept their slate clean to take over the top spot.
Derek di Grazia’s cross-country courses at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International is the setting for all the action today in Elkton, Md. Here is what you need to know to follow along:
With 70 percent of the scores coming from the second day of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships, the 4- and 5-year-olds had a big moment in front of them to impress the judges Chris Ryan and Sally Ike. The horses were judged over a set of show jumps (15 percent) then moved directly into the cross-country portion (30 percent) before finally showing off their gallop and earning an overall score for their jumping (15 percent) and general impression (10 percent).
At the end of a busy day wrapping up the dressage phase of The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day (FHI), two new riders took over the top of the leaderboards. Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville Z moved into first in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship with their 28.6, while Alexa Gartenberg and Louis M claimed the pinnacle position in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship on a 25.9.