“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.”
Being spontaneous has paid off for Kevin Keane and Sportsfield Candy. “I bought him on a Wednesday and showed him on a Thursday,” Keane recalls about his first event with his Irish Sport Horse gelding, then 9 years old, at Plantation Field Horse Trials (Unionville, Pennsylvania) in September 2016. “I owned him for part of a day, and the next morning I showed up at a CCI and jogged him up for a two-star, and we went clean and clean and clean.”
THANK YOU to everyone who has already entered the USEF/USEA Recognized CDCTA Spring Horse Trials scheduled for Sunday, April 9 in Berryville, VA. We will continue to take late entries through Friday, March 24 using USEA’s Xentry system. If you still want to come compete, please enter! The late fee has been waived through Friday, March 24.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation announces the appointment of long-term US Equestrian employee Hallye Griffin as Director of FEI Sport. Griffin will assume the duties of former Director of FEI/High-Performance Sport, Graeme Thom, who has chosen to step away from his role to attend to personal matters.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is thrilled to announce that Sidelines Magazine will not only be returning as a “Media Partner of U.S. Eventing,” but they will also be supporting the Association as a “Contributing Level Sponsor of the USEA Emerging Athletes U21 Program” and a “Prize Level Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships.” Sidelines Magazine will give the USEA additional promotion and exposure through their printed and digital media products, while also providing prizes for participants at the AEC and EA21 clinics.