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Raeford, NC - With just four weeks until the start of competition, the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International is once again set to host a world-class eventing competition. After a record setting inaugural event, the 2015 edition has raised the bar for competitors, owners, patrons, and fans as it announces major sponsorships, in addition to awarding increased prize money and delivering a live webcast of the weekend’s feature competition.
On the final day of the “Evaluation of the Young Event Horse Prospect” symposium, Dr. Tim Holekamp and Dr. Maren Engelhardt wrapped up the informative three days with a few classroom sessions held in the morning.
The second day of the “Evaluation of the Young Event Horse Prospect” symposium focused on the four- and five-year-olds that are developing under saddle, instead of the yearlings through three-year-olds that took the stage yesterday (go here and here for yesterday's coverage).
The US Equestrian Federation is seeking to appoint two Sport Programs Assistants to work with the Olympic Disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping as well as the Non-Olympic Disciplines of Reining and Endurance. Under the direction of the Managing Directors of Dressage and Eventing, these positions support the Sport Department’s mission to put in place programs that will identify talented athletes and horses, assist with their development and ultimately win medals in international competition.
In preparation for predicted winter weather, Pine Top Farm has adjusted its event schedule to accommodate for unusually harsh temperatures which are expected to dip into the lower teens on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
To allow for temperatures to moderate somewhat before starting Dressage, we will delay the start of Dressage for all CICs and Advanced divisions competing on Friday.
Advanced will now compete over two days, with Cross Country on Saturday.
The afternoon session of the “Evaluation of the Young Event Horse Prospect” symposium, held at Longwood Farm South, gave spectators a chance to observe and evaluate a group of yearlings through three-year-olds and enjoy the mild weather of Florida.
It was a packed house at the Marriott Courtyard Ocala on Monday morning for the first day of the “Evaluation of the Young Event Horse Prospect” symposium. The symposium, which consists of classroom sessions in the morning and live horse demonstrations at Longwood Farm South in the afternoon, is presented by the USEA in support of the Future Event Horse and Young Event Horse programs.
Kyle Carter talks about the Florida season; Rachele Foote explains what life for a Working Student is like in the winter in Ocala, and Shealagh Costello, USEF National Eventing Manager explains the Frangible Pin Technology Grant. Click here to listen or use the podcast player below.
Less than two months into 2015, it is proving to be a good year for the Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials. Aside from having two successful events already under their belts for the year, a record 531 starters showed up for the Ocala Winter II event last weekend, February 6-8.
That number ranks very high for number of starters at any current horse trials; Rebecca Farm (Area VII) posted 573 starters in 2014, and Millbrook Horse Trials (Area I) had 487.
Update: This horse has been found and safely returned home, thanks to the enormous effort of the community to find him!