Entries for the Woodside International Horse Trials, October 4-6, are filling fast as the September 17 deadline nears. Contenders from Intro to CCI4*-S will converge in one of the West Coast’s horsiest havens, The Horse Park at Woodside, for top competition at a super venue and to socialize during Friday and Saturday ringside dinners at the Grand Prix Arena.
Stabling, footing, and many other upgrades continue at the 272-acre venue located just an hour south of San Francisco. New stabling overlooking the Grand Prix Arena has received rave reviews all year and the arena itself has been freshly fluffed with GGT™ footing for the Woodside International. Plus, there are new tweaks to the cross-country track for Preliminary and Training level contenders.
Friday’s schedule is full of dressage for all levels, with the international divisions showcased in the Grand Prix Arena. Friday night, some of the international divisions’ show jumping phases will unfurl in the same beautiful ring. All three phases of international competition wrap up with Saturday’s cross-country, and that night an awards dinner featuring Catering by Dana’s famously fabulous food will be staged at the Grand Prix Arena.
Out on the Ian Stark-designed cross-country track, front-row seating is available in a new VIP tent at the North Water Complex. Light snacks, coffee, and soft drinks will enhance the splash-close view as pairs navigate their way through the exciting mid-course challenge.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday night dinners and the cross-country VIP tent can be purchased in advance at www.woodsideeventing.com.
Amber Levine has seven horses entered and a slew of students from Chocolate Horse Farm contending the Woodside International. It’s close to her Chocolate Horse Farm base in Petaluma, and she and her clients have contested the fall circuit fixture for many years. Several factors keep it fresh, fruitful, and fun for all involved.
“The courses are great,” Levine says. “Since (organizer) Robert Kellerhouse took over, there have been some serious upgrades and changes to the courses.” Levine’s string includes two CCI4*-S horses and two in the Novice division, and the Woodside courses offer perfect tests for every point on that spectrum. “The lower level courses are very jumpable for the young horses,” Levine says. “At the upper levels, the courses are a great stepping stone if you are preparing for Kentucky or Fair Hill because they are real. They use the land well and are very good with jump placement."
“West Coast riders are finally being recognized for producing great horses and riders,” Levine continues. “What Robert is doing has been a big piece of that.”
Fun is always a priority on what Levine calls the “traveling circus” of the eventing scene. “Woodside and Robert do a great job of making everybody feel welcome and the parties are always fun.”
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).