Tryon International Equestrian Center, the selected site for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, is certainly making itself known as a multi-disciplines venue. This past week the resort hosted the inaugural Field Hunter Championships, presented by Adequan, at the first annual Festival of the Hunt. Among the judges for the Championships were U.S. Eventing Olympian Linden Wiesman Ryan. While I haven’t done enough foxhunting in my life, I’ve always felt eventing and foxhunting go hand-in-hand and that it’s the sort of cross training our horses could benefit from.
TIEC Field Hunter Championships judge Thomas Cadier (also an eventer) said, “I believe that fox hunting is the foundation for virtually all of the equestrian sports that we love to watch and compete in. I feel that an event like this helps remind all of us, as well as engages spectators too.”
Go Eventing. Go Foxhunting. Go read more about the TIEC Field Hunter Championships here.
U.S. Weekend Action:
Monday News and Notes:
The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will be changing locations for 2017 and it’s looking like the various disciplines will be competing at different venues. The USEF has chosen HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, as the proposed location for the 2017 jumping, dressage, and para-dressage NAJYRC, pending approval from the FEI. The locations for eventing, reining and endurance have not yet been announced. [Jumper Nation]
VIP tickets are now available for the inaugural Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event over Thanksgiving weekend on Nov 24-27. Reserve a view like no other and enjoy a Thanksgiving Day celebration, plus an open bar and food throughout the event. The VIP experience also include a Friday night party at Golden Ocala, a Saturday night gathering in the Clubhouse sponsored by Ocala Ranches, and access to the Fredericks Equestrian and Golden Ocala hospitality tents. Buy your tickets here or contact Jessie Mazzoni at 703-587-1562.
“Good jumping comes from good flatwork.” After a day of flatwork the riders participating in Mary King’s clinic in Lexington moved on to show jumping, where the foundation of good flatwork proved to be beneficial over a series of exercises. King emphasized the importance of a solid position over fences and the appropriate use of aids to get the job done. [The Set Up for Success]
The world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show, better known as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, wrapped up another stellar year yesterday. Michael Jung was a celebrity guest in the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge and there were several Olympians competing in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping competition. With so much great sport and countless breeds present to perform, It’s the kind of event you never want to end! [Postcard from the Royal]
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