Parker, CO – The Colorado Horse Park will again be the site of the region’s only Two-Star Three Day Event May 27-30. High Prairie Farms Three-Day Event and Horse Trials has been expanded to include the new Olympic format CIC** International Intermediate Horse Trials as well as the Area IX Young Riders’ Team Challenge. In addition, CCI One and Two-Star, Intermediate, Preliminary and Training divisions are offered. Riders are expected from Germany, Canada and Mexico as well as from around the United States.
“We are thrilled with last year’s success,” said event organizer Chris Eaves. “For this year, we are looking forward to an expanded cross-country course with several new fences that should be fun for the riders and spectators.”
Last week officials approved several new obstacles. CIC**, CCI* and ** competitors will confront a new test at the water complex. Riders will be asked to drop into the water and jump out through a combination. Horse and rider are required to be confident and balanced to conquer this test. Other new fences include several corners that vary in degree of angle based on the division entered.
“We have designed this course to help prepare horses and riders for the next level of competition,” Eaves explained. “Introductions to obstacles are made at the lower levels and become more technical as divisions advance. This will make the transition to more difficult divisions easier on both horse and rider, which keeps the sport both safe and fun.”
CCI** officials include Roger Haller (GA), best known as course designer for the Atlanta Olympics, as the Technical Delegate. President of the Ground Jury is Karen Winn Bulter (KY), Loris Henry (CA), Deeda Randle (WY), and Lise Martin of Canada comprise the remainder of the jury. The cross-country course is designed by 2003 Pan American Games designer Derek Di Grazia. Colorado’s own Candy Gray will design the show jumping course.
The Colorado Horse Park has been home to many other national and international events, including the US Equestrian National Combined Driving Singles Championships and North American Young Riders Championships. For more information on the High Prairie Farms Three-Day Event and Horse Trials, call 303-841-5550. For a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit www.coloradohorsepark.com.