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The Woodside International Horse Trials, presented by Equine Insurance of California and Professional’s Choice, will get underway on Friday, Oct. 5, with 37 horses starting in the three international divisions. The Woodside International Horse Trials are held at the Horse Park at Woodside.
Dressage for the featured CIC3* starts at 12:30 p.m. and concludes at 2:00 p.m., before judges Wayne Quarles and Loris Henry of the USA. The 11 horses in the CIC3* —from the USA, Canada and Great Britain—will then show jump from 5:00 to approximately 5:25 p.m.
The 14 horses in the CIC2* will perform their dressage tests from 10:10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and then show jump from 4:00 to 4:30. The CIC1*, a 12-horse field, will kick off the day’s action, with the first horse in the dressage ring at 8:07 a.m. Their show jumping begins at 3:00 p.m.
On Saturday, spectators will enjoy the heart of the sport of eventing—the cross-country phase—as the previous day’s pairs tackle the cross-country course in reverse order of their two-phase standing. The CIC1* begins the action at 9:55 a.m., with the CIC2* starting at 12:05, and then the CIC3* will provide the day’s climax from 1:20 to 2:05 p.m.
The CIC3* horses will vie for a chance at the Fric Frac Berence Heart Award trophy and $1,000 prize money presented to the horse and rider with the best cross-country performance, as determined by a panel of judges.
All winners will be recognized Saturday evening at a special dinner celebration and awards ceremony, open to the public.
National competition will continue on Sunday, though. The advanced, intermediate, preliminary and training divisions will show jump, starting at 8:30, while the novice and beginner novice horses will gallop around the cross-country course, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thanks to the generous support of more than a dozen sponsors, the total prize money for this year’s Woodside International Horse Trials is $20,000, with Devoucoux and Equine Comfort Products contributing as Gold Medal Sponsors. Saddlery Solutions, Voltaire Design and CWD are the event’s Silver Medal Sponsors and will contribute a plethora of exciting prizes.
Auburn Laboratories Inc., California Horse Trader, Flair Equine Nasal Strips, Geranium Street Floral, Point Two Air Jackets, Professional Riders Organization, Ride On Video, SmartPak Equine and Sunsprite Warmbloods are the Bronze Medal Sponsors. They’re just some of the equine-product manufacturers and service providers that, in addition to supporting the event with prizes, will be on site for riders and spectators to meet in the event trade fair.
Patron's passes are still available for the parties on Friday and Saturday: Reserved tables of 10 for all three evening functions are available for $600, or $300 per night for single evenings. Individual seats for all three evenings sell for $75, or $35 for one evening.
Go to www.woodsideeventing.comfor ticket and full competition information.