News Release: Red Hills International Horse Trials
Red Hills International Horse Trials will unveil a spectacular cross-country course in 2014! The prestigious Tallahassee event, scheduled for March 5 - 9 at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park will feature an exciting new 3,611 meter course designed to rival any in the nation.
Built on adjacent Northwest Water Management District property, 32 unique obstacles will both challenge riders and horses and be spectator-friendly for the more than 20,000 people who attend the annual international competition. Entries from at least 28 states and ten countries are expected to compete in the sixteenth Red Hills CIC (Concours International Combine) event. Top-level, CIC***(3 star) competitors will be vying for inclusion on the US Equestrian Team which will compete in the 2014 World Equestrian Games, to be held in Normandy, France in August.
“To say we are proud of this project is an understatement,” said Marvin Mayer, co-organizer of RHHT. “Over the past 16 years, we have listened to competitors, owners and officials, and have tried to create for them a course of this stature.”
Mayer also stressed the partnerships among Red Hills and the City of Tallahassee, Northwest Florida Water Management District and Leon County, all of whom have made a superlative effort to ensure a top-level
course for the future of this competition which is so significant to the community and also to the sport of Eventing.
The footing, the width of the galloping lanes, the water complexes have been designed by Hugh Lochore and built by Tyson Rementer, and Levi Rykewaet, always keeping riders at every level as the primary
Fans will delight in a new jump complex, “The Shire,” which features “Hobbit” houses built by Rementer. And one of the new water complexes is designed to resemble the 17th green at the Sawgrass Island Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
During a recent visit to Tallahassee, Jonathon Holling, international 4-star equestrian based in Ocala, commented on the new course and said that it would be very exciting as well as spectator-friendly.
“Lots of planning, fundraising and outstanding community support have enabled RHHT to build this new XC course,” stated co-organizer Jane Barron, “We are excited that the dream has become a reality and we are extremely grateful to our partners in this endeavor.”
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