May 06, 2016

Watch the Heart of the Carolinas LIVE This Weekend

By HOTC - Press Release
Alanna Regan at Heart of the Carolinas. Brant Gamma Photo.

Chesterfield, S.C. — The Heart of the Carolinas (HOTC) Three-Day Event and Horse Trials at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, S.C. is live streaming all three phases of the 2016 long-format competition with color commentary from clinician Sally O'Connor and announcer Charles Pinnell.

Friends and family of competitors and anyone interested in classic eventing may tune in to watch the live stream at this link or enjoy recorded video of the competition at a later time.
The Training Three-Day, Novice Three-Day and Beginner Novice Three-Day will ride dressage on Friday, May 6. The live stream will be begin at 8:40 a.m EST with the Training Three-Day test ride. The dressage competition will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Endurance day begins with Phase A roads and tracks at 9:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, May 7. The cross country will begin shortly after and a portion of the Tremaine Cooper designed course will be shown on the live stream.

The finale takes place on a grass show jumping arena on Sunday, May 8. At 10:00 a.m., the Preliminary Combined Test (CT) will be the first division to jump a course designed by Marc Donovan. As part of the inaugural Carolina Eventing Challenge, the Preliminary-CT will jump a derby style course with both cross country and show jumping fences. The three-day and horse trials divisions will follow; all divisions plus awards will be included in the live stream.

Southern 8ths Farm is the only venue in the country that offers USEA-recognized traditional long-format three-day events at the Beginner Novice, Novice and Training levels. The goal of the competition is to provide an unparalleled educational opportunity for riders and to support the continuation of the classic long format.

This year, Heart of the Carolinas added a Preliminary-CT and Coaching Allowed Test to the schedule and partnered with the Carolina Horse Park to offer the Carolina Eventing Challenge for all three-day divisions and the Preliminary-CT. USEA President-elect Carol Kozlowski and Sally O’Connor, a renowned FEI eventing and dressage judge, are the 2016 clinicians.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, HOTC is offering a wealth of prizes for first through eighth place in all three long-format divisions. Special awards include Best Conditioned Horse, Best Turned Out, and Lowest Scoring Adult Amateur. Winners at each level of the Carolina Eventing Challenge will receive a grand prize. Thoroughbred Incentive Program awards will be given in all horse trials and three-day divisions, including the Preliminary-CT.

Links: [Live Stream] [Schedule] [Website] [Live Scores] [Ride Times]

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