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The Fork Horse Trials

Welcome to the 2016 International CIC*/**/*** & Horse Trials
April 6-10,2016

Don't miss this drone flyover preview of The Fork CIC3* cross country course complete with commentary from course designer Tremaine Cooper!

Shannon Brinkman - Official photographer of The Fork Horse Trials

The Horse Trials proudly supports:

American Friends of the Brooke

The Horse Trials is essentially an “equestrian triathlon” of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping and a spectacular event to attend with the entire family. We will host approximately 350 competitors from across this country and around the world. There will be young riders competing in the lower divisions and International medalists. This is a wonderful opportunity to see these incredible athletes, human and animal, up close and in person.

The Dressage Phase begins the competition and is a test to demonstrate communication and harmony between the horse and rider. This will take place in an arena, the judge awards horse and rider both positive points and penalty points during the test. The points are computed to arrive at a penalty score. The horse and rider with the lowest penalty score is determined the leader going into the next phase which is the show jumping phase.

The Show Jumping Phase is the second phase of the competition. Horse and rider must jump a course of obstacles in an arena. Unlike cross country jumps, which are solid fixtures, these jumps are portable and can easily be knocked down. By day three the horse and rider have been competing quite hard so this is a true test of stamina, as well as agility and precision. Here again, penalty points are given for knocked rails or seconds over the alotted time. This score is added to the dressage score from the previous day and carries over into the 3rd day of competition.

The Cross Country Phase is the 3rd and final phase of competition. The course is designed to test the horse and rider over varied terrain and obstacles, including water, ditches, banks etc. within a given time limit. This is a true test of obedience, jumping ability, bravery and fitness. Again this is scored on a penalty basis, penalties being incurred for refusals and time over the specified time allowed. The winning horse and rider in each division is determined by combining the penalty points from each phase, lowest score winning.

All three phases are extremely spectator friendly. There will be bleachers by the dressage arenas on Thursday and Friday plus a Champagne Luncheon by the Dressage Arena. This is a very nice lunch and there will be a prize for the “Best Hat”. There is a charge for the lunch; however, there is no charge to come watch these great athletes. You can also enjoy two days of cross country action on Saturday and Sunday in our VIP Tent located next to the water jump. Watch these incredible athletes in style with shaded seating, breakfast, lunch, and light h'ordeuvres.

We have added a little extra fun into our horse trials weekend with the addition of a Sporting Clay Competition. This competition takes place Wednesday, April 6th prior to the start of Dressage. We invite you to get a shooting team of four together to participate in our “Shoot for the Stars”. Each shooting team will have two riders from the International CIC*** Division added to their team, these riders will not shoot but their riding scores will combine with the shooting team score for a final result at the end of cross country on Sunday. Awards will be given at the Saturday night competitors party.

If you have not been to a horse trials or The Fork Farm in the past, come see what you have been missing. This truly is a wonderful way to spend a day or weekend in the country.


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Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Lucky Clay's Farm

Presenting Sponsor:
Uwharrie Bank

Gold Level Sponsor:
Land Rover of Charlotte

Bronze Level Sponsor:
Dark Horse Winery, California

Diamond Level Sponsor: The McGuire Family Foundation

Silver Level Sponsor: Carolina Farm Credit

Bronze Level Sponsors:
Michael Snyder Family
Culp Elliott and Carpenter ,P.L.L.C.

Start Box Sponsors:
McCoy Feed
Stanly County Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Brown, Brown and Brown
Modern Chevrolet

Prize Sponsors:
Starnes Jewelry
Hyatt Guns
Off The Square Restaurant
Horseware Ireland
Platinum Performance
Shannon Brinkman Photography
R.N.S. Videomedia
Top Rail Tack

Jump Sponsors:
Dejaco Family
First Health Regional Hospital Pinehurst
Kepferle Equestrian LLC
The Carolina Equestrian Magazine
Bay Equity Home Loans
Uwharrie Technology

Rider Lounge Sponsor:
Flair Equine Nasal Strips

The Fork Farm & Stables