Welcome to the 2015 International Horse Trials CIC** and CIC***
April 1-5, 2015
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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 cross country phase.
The Cross Country Phase tests 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. This score is added to the dressage score from the previous day and carried forward to the show jumping phase.
The Show Jumping Phase is the third and final 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. 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 Ladies Champagne Dressage Luncheon in the VIP tent located next to the CIC*** dressage arena on Friday. 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.
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, April1st 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 show jumping on Sunday. Awards will be given after the International Three Star Division. This was a lot of fun last year as the riders walked the cross country course with the shooters and explained how they would ride each jump and the course from the horse standpoint, as they tend to see things a little differently than we do!
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.