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Mon, 2018-10-01 15:09

Woodside International Horse Trials Celebrates the 2018 Area VI Championships

2017 Woodside International Horse Trials CIC3* winners James Alliston and Happenstance. MGO Photography Photo.

The Woodside International Horse Trials is set to highlight the United States Eventing Associations (USEA) Area VI Championships this year. Area VI is one of ten Areas in the USEA, and Area VI is the only Area for the USEA that contains only one state. In this case it is California. This highly-anticipated event, presented by Equine Insurance of California, CWD, Devoucoux, and Professionals' Choice; invites the best horses and riders for their chance to become Champion in their division.

Hosted at the beautiful Horse Park at Woodside, the Area VI Championships for the highest levels will be hosted within the international divisions at the event. "This is the first time the Area has chosen to host the Advanced, Intermediate, and Preliminary Horse Championships in the international classes. We believed that the Championship classes would bring the best horses and riders to the competition by hosting these at the Woodside International Horse Trials 3* (Advanced), 2* (Intermediate), and 1* (Preliminary Horse)," said Area VI Chair Christine Scarlett.

Ian Stark has taken these international cross-country courses to entirely new places for 2018. The inclusion of the newly enhanced water feature coupled with the addition of new jumping elements along the new tracks installed by national course designer and builder Bert Wood will provide competitors a serious test in the most influential phase of the event.

"Woodside's Cross-Country course is monopolizing some previously unused terrain creating some exciting new Cross-Country jumps" said International Cross-Country course designer Ian Stark.


2017 Woodside International Horse Trials CIC2* winners Helen Bouscaren and Ebay. MGO Photography Photo.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged! A car fee of $10 guarantees parking and an event program as well as access to The Horse Park's open viewing areas. The international classes and Area VI Advanced, Intermediate, and Preliminary Horse Championships commence on Friday, October 5 with dressage at 8:00 a.m. and show jumping starting at 2:00 p.m., and then culminates on Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m. with the exciting cross-country jumping over Ian Stark's testing track.

This year Ride On Video has brought live streaming to a whole new level for the Woodside International Horse Trials. The latest technology coupled with the commentary from WEG commentator Ed Holloway and Malcolm Hook, a long time legend in Area VI, will provide spectators on and off the show grounds with the best event coverage. Event Director Robert Kellerhouse boasted, "Bob and Debi Ravenscroft from Ride On Video have taken our events coverage to places once considered out of reach. Their dedication to advancing our events coverage is incredible."

Gourmet food trucks will be a new addition to the culinary options available to our competitiors, spectators, and supporters. Check the Woodside International Horse Trials Facebook page for details.

Priority seating in the heated ringside tent are available with the purchase of a VIP ticket. Reservations ensure that fans, family, and friends won't miss a second of the action, and once our Champions are crowned on Saturday evening at the Awards Banquet, enjoy drinks, dinner, and fun. 

Dinner tickets are available for $60 per person or $550 for a table of 10. The Awards Dinner sells out every year, so don’t wait, reserve your tickets today. Click here to purchase tickets!


Shelby Allen Photo.

The Event at Woodside is excited to welcome CWD, Devoucoux, Equine Insurance of California, and Professional’s Choice as the 2018 Presenting Sponsors of the International Event. Area VI, Sabo Eventing and The Riding Academy are sponsors of the Area VI Championships.

Ride On Video & Sunsprite Warmbloods are Gold Medal Sponsors.

Silver Medal Sponsors are: SmartPak and Voltaire Design.

Bronze Medal Sponsors are: Auburn Laboratories, Inc., Geranium, and Triple Crown Nutrition.

Eventing Training Online is a Friend Level Sponsor.

To learn more about The Horse Park at Woodside, go to www.HorsePark.org.

To find out more on The Event at Woodside Horse Trials, go to www.WoodsideEventing.com.

To learn more about Eventing, visit the U.S. Eventing Association’s website www.USeventing.com.

For more information or to obtain Press Credentials, please contact the Press Officer, [email protected].

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