“The Woodside International Horse Trials brings out the best in competition at all levels,” says organizer Robert Kellerhouse as he and his team make final preparations for the October 4-6 Woodside International Horse Trials. The location is a West Coast favorite: The Horse Park at Woodside in the San Francisco Peninsula area’s Woodside. New stabling, beautifully-footed arenas, and a continually-upgraded, Ian Stark-designed cross-country track are among the features that attract repeat contenders and newcomers alike to the 272-acre venue.
This year’s CCI4*-S field includes some exciting match-ups: fan faves James Alliston and Pandora will go up against James’ business partner and fiancée, Helen Bouscaren and Ebay. Amber Levine will vie for the CCI4*-S title on two horses: Carry On and Cinzano; and 2019 Team Pan Am Games gold medalist Tamie Smith will bring a new star up to this division in En Vogue.
Along with $2,400 in top prize money, the winning rider’s name will be engraved on the Founder’s Trophy. The four-star horse displaying the most heart on Woodside’s always challenging cross-country course will be honored with the Fric Frac Berence Heart Award, which comes with a $500 check and an embroidered cooler from Professional's Choice. This tradition began in 2011, in honor of “Fric,” Frankie Thieriot Stutes’ now-retired star who excelled despite being blind in one eye and coming back from injuries that would have sent lesser steeds to permanent pasture.
Competition from four-star to the Intro division fills six rings of dressage all day on Friday. The international divisions will also stadium jump on Friday afternoon in the Grand Prix arena where that night’s festive exhibitor party takes place ringside. On Saturday, these divisions conclude with cross-country and a popular awards dinner that night.
Highlights for exhibitors and fans abound. Patrons Tent tickets include the Friday and Saturday night dinners and a VIP tent on the cross-country course, with snacks and soft drinks and a splash-close view of international riders navigating the North Water Complex. Get general information and patrons tent tickets at www.woodsideeventing.com.
Good food and horsey shopping opportunities are available all weekend in the Horse Park’s Pavillion area. Look for lots of great gear, information, and horse and rider support from major event sponsors Devoucoux, Parker Equine Insurance, and Auburn Labs.
Volunteers are encouraged and can trade hours for points on US Eventing Association’s Volunteer Incentive Program and towards future Woodside entries or cool Woodside wear. Volunteer at www.eventingvolunteers.com/events/1023/signup.
“We look forward to hosting the 400 of you coming to our Woodside year-end event,” Kellerhouse concludes. “Best of success to you all.”
Chris Talley came into the Dutta Corp USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championships knowing that the Corwin Sport Horse LLC’s owned 5-year-old Hanoverian mare Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) possessed a lot of quality, but to emerge victorious out of the 42 horse field was an absolute treat for the pair.
No one could catch Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class in the dressage arena today despite the remaining 23 pairs' best effort. Angela Hislop’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ramiro B x The Swallow) will stand at the top of the leaderboard on a 21.1 heading into the Maryland 5 Star cross-country – the day which is on everyone’s mind.
Yesterday half of the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L pairs had their turn in front of the judges at the 2021 Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, and today the remaining groups will canter down centerline in the main arena. The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships also kicked off yesterday with the 4-year-old champion being crowned and the 5-year-olds doing their dressage and conformation phases.
The first day of competition in the 2021 Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships concluded with the crowning of the champion in the 4-year-old division. After contesting the dressage and conformation phases, Caroline Martin’s Irish Sport Horse gelding HSH Best Kept Secret (Adieu Z x Ringwood Sunny Clover) rocketed to the top of the 32 horse field following the jumping and galloping phases to earn the division champion title with a cumulative score of 90.20. It was a repeat affair for Martin, who won both the 4- and 5-year-old YEH East Coast Championships in 2020.