Hundreds of horse trailers are hitting the road Sunday as the Red Hills Horse Trials wraps up. Officials say it's been another successful year for competitors and their fans. Whether it's the black beauties or chocolate thoroughbreds, these horses have it all: style, grace and thousands of fans.
“Oh I love it, there are Olympians here I don't get to see unless we watch this,” said Renee McEwee a Havana resident.
The Red Hills Horse Trials are catching on in Tallahassee, drawing a record crowd this year of 40,000.
Savannah Kilpatrick says, “You got to turn sharp and you got to have very good horses.” And if you're in the crowd you got to have manners.”
Unlike most sporting events where the crowd can yell and heckle the opponent, you have to speak quietly and enjoy the scenery.
Tallahassee resident, Cathy Sherman said, “Oh I love the etiquette here, it's just so respectful, relaxing, and pleasant. This is high quality sports here.”
It's a world-class event, the only one of its kind in North Florida.
“I think we're fortunate to have an event of this size in Tallahassee, and to see champion horses and riders that are champions,” said Betsy Kellemberger.
Whether it's the competition, the atmosphere, or both, you can bet these leaping beauties steel the spotlight, which keeps fans coming back year after year. Tallahassee has hosted the Red Hills Horse Trials for seven years and the event will be back again next spring.