Two U.S. events will host new CCI4*-L divisions in 2020 pending FEI approval: Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia (Oct. 1-4, 2020) and Twin Rivers in Paso Robles, California (April 9-12, 2020). The divisions were approved by the USEF Board of Directors on Sept. 16; now the 2020 FEI Calendar goes forward for the final round of approvals at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow on Nov. 16-19 with all new FEI levels/dates for 2020 to be made official at that time.
Morven Park CCI4*-L
The addition of a CCI4*-L at Morven Park is 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. Fair Hill, which will be run under a new name, the Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill (Oct. 15-18, 2020), will continue to host a CCI3*-L.
In addition to the CCI4*-L, Morven Park will host CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, CCIYH3*-L (7-year-old) and CCIYH2*-L (6-year-old) competitions, as well as Beginner Novice through Advanced horse trials.
Twin Rivers CCI4*-L
The West Coast will gain a much needed spring CCI4*-L by way of the addition of this competition to Twin Rivers. In addition to the CCI4*-L, Twin Rivers will host CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S divisions as well as Future Event Horse/Young Event Horse classes and Beginner Novice through Advanced horse trials. (Note: the CCI4*-L is included in the FEI Calendar but not yet in the USEA Calendar).
The 2020 U.S eventing calendar will see a number of other updates, which the USEA has outlined here. Of particular note:
- The following events will add CCI*-S divisions: Grand Oaks Horse Trials (January 17-19, 2020 and November 20-22, 2020), Stable View Spring Horse Trials (March 26-28, 2020), Virginia Horse Trials International (May 21-24, 2020) and Spokane Sport Horse Farm Sixth Annual Fall Horse Trials (October 1-4, 2020). Stable View will also offer CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S divisions. Spokane Sport Horse Farm will also offer CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S divisions.
- Other calendar changes include Jersey Fresh adding a Prelim, Essex moving to mid-July, the Wellington Showcase is back, Stable View will hold a big CCI spring event the weekend after Carolina, and Ocala will run Advanced in October.