Like so many venues, Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, VA, had an eerily quiet spring. Its Spring Horse Trials, scheduled for March 28-29, was canceled — for the first time in 46 years.
We’re glad to hear that the horse trials’ rescheduling request has been approved. The formerly “Spring” but now “Winter” H.T. will take place Nov. 14-15, 2020, and feature Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels.
“We appreciate all of your continued support,” the event reports. “As we receive updates from the local, state and federal governments and the USEF and USEA we will keep you all updated as well.”
In the coming months, Morven Park International Equestrian Center is looking forward to welcoming riders and spectators at horse trials, Summer Show Series for hunter/jumpers, the fourth season of Polo in the Park, and more. Here’s an overview of what we have to look forward to this year:
Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T.: June 27 – 28, 2020
- Open Date: May 12
- Close Date: June 9
- Divisions: BN, N, T, P, I
Hopes are high that the event will run; a decision will be announced on or before June 10 based on local and state restrictions. Entries are being accepted, but kindly refrain from submitting payment until a decision has been made about running.
Morven Park Fall International Horse Trials & CCI: Oct. 1-4, 2020
- Open Date: Aug. 18
- Close Date: Sep. 15
- Divisions: N, N-JR, T,T-JR,P,P-JY, I, A, CCI2-S, CCI2-SYH, CCI3-S, CCI3-SYH, CCI4-S, CCI4-L
This year’s event features the addition of a CCI4*-L, a response to the loss of Fair Hill’s CCI4*-L, which will no longer run starting in 2020 due to the addition of the CCI5*-L.
The 6- and 7-year-old classes are another exciting addition, giving talented young horses the opportunity to compete against the peers in their age group. These classes are common in the UK and Europe but haven’t yet gained a foothold in the U.S.
Open Cross Country Schooling Day: Oct. 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come school the Morven Park cross country courses as they were set for the Horse Trials! The cost is $50 per horse/rider; register upon arrival. Must have current Coggins and 2020 Hold Harmless form. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Morven Park Winter H.T. – Nov. 14-15 (rescheduled from March 28-29)
- Open Date: Sept. 29
- Close Date: Oct. 27
- Divisions: P, T, T-JR, N, N-JR, BN, BN-JR
Two hunter rings as well as a jumper ring will be offered for each of the seven dates in the series.
- June 21
- July 12
- July 18
- July 25
- August 8
- August 15
- September 5
Eventers, this is a great opportunity to hone those show jumping skills after a spring off from competition. Each show is VHSA, BHSA and TIP rated and will be held in Morven Park’s three beautiful new outdoor arenas with Attwood Equestrian Surfaces EuroTex footing. Learn more about the series and download the prize list here.
… AND MORE!
The fourth season of Polo in the Park at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center is scheduled to begin July 11, 2020! Click here for more info.
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