A Sporting Weekend in the Country at Millbrook Horse Trials

Allison Springer & Business Ben. Photo by Abby Powell.

While riders enjoy the top class competition at the 2023 Millbrook Horse Trials (July 26–30), spectators, sponsors and volunteers are also in for a treat. Social events at the summer horse trials in picturesque Dutchess County, NY have long been an attraction and this year promises something for everyone.

General admission and parking is free of charge. Family entertainment includes the vendor village and weekend Millbrook Market, as well as food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines. A petting zoo and arts and crafts tent are sure to keep young children entertained.

Zoe Crawford and K.E.C Zara at Millbrook. Photo by Abby Powell.

Tailgating is available during cross country, with each space comfortably accommodating 10 people. Bring your own tent, chairs and picnic and show your personal style, or enjoy delicious cuisine from our food trucks and the Simply Gourmet concession tent. For a refreshing cocktail, the elegantly converted horse trailer bar The Fizzy Filly will be conveniently located next to the tailgating area.

Enjoy giving back to the sport that you love? Plenty of volunteer opportunities are still available, from shuttle drivers to cross country jump judges. For more information visit the Millbrook website. A welcome party for competitors and volunteers takes place Friday evening, sponsored by Purina and Triple Crown.

Millbrook is one of the few remaining horse trials in the Northeast. It is by far the largest, and it is the only one that still runs all levels through Advanced. The event typically attracts world-class equestrians as well as grassroots competitors. The Millbrook area is characterized by large areas of open farmland and has a strong equestrian tradition. It boasts a local Pony Club, thriving foxhunt and active polo club, and is home to riders of all types. The Horse Trials features natural cross country courses over preserved countryside, world-class competition, first-class social events, and entertainment for the whole family.

For sponsors and patrons, social events include a Saturday morning brunch at the Yellowframe Farm Waterview tent, overlooking the water complex during upper-level cross country, and a Sunday luncheon in private ringside tents overlooking the show jumping arena, where the culmination of the competition can be viewed in style.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsors this year include Yellowframe Farm, Goldman Sachs Gives, Danbury Porsche and Audi, Taylor Harris Insurance, HW Guernsey at Compass, Bank of Millbrook, Purina, Triple Crown, Millbrook Equine, and Millerton Agway as well as numerous families, farms and individual patrons. For more information visit www.millbrookhorsetrials.com.


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