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].
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).