Red Hills Horse Trials Hits Second Day Of Eventing

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By: Emily Johnson
March 7, 2014, 6pm

Tallahassee, FL - With the sun peaking through the clouds the conditions were more ideal for the participants and the spectators today.

"I think the thing we're most excited is that it's finally stopped raining we're actually going to get to see some of the competition," said Jane Lear, spectator.

Sister's Lear and Lucy Harris have been coming to Red Hills since it started 17 years ago. They said it's a wonderful event that brings people out to Elinor Klapp Phipps Park. "It's a great opportunity for the community of Tallahassee to get exposed to this level of equestrian competition," said Harris, spectator.

Heavy rains on Thursday caused the participants to tweak their riding style, but the conditions definitely improved for today. The park started to dry up and the participants were able to focus more on their riding instead of the weather. Stadium Jumping was the main event on Friday. It's where the riders and their horses are required to jump a series of painted fences in an arena. It not only test the obedience of the horse, but also demonstrates the endurance that's needed for the Cross Country Course.

The Cross Country competition will take place on Saturday. A local mother-daughter duo have been decorating the jumps for the past seven years. "About a week ago we got the plants in and the flowers in and then we start just putting everything together and looking at it to see if it looks pretty enough and bright enough for the Cross Country," said Corinne Mathis, Cross Country Course Decorator.

In order for spectators to have the ultimate Red Hills experience there is a Red Hills app that will give live updates on the events. The competition get going again Saturday morning at 7:00A.M. and events schedule through out the day. For more information you can visit their website at www.rhht.org.


By Emily Porter
WCTV Eyewitness News Web Staff
March 7, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

Tallahassee, Fla. -- The Red Hills Horse trials bring in tens of thousands of people to watch riders from all over the world, and in it's 17th year, this event isn't letting weather slow it down!

The ultimate challenge for horse and rider, Red Hills is an opportunity for equestrians to qualify for the Olympics, while horse enthusiasts get to sit back and enjoy all the action.

The Red Hills horse trials can be broken down into three categories.

Day one is the dressage competition. This is defined by the International Equestrian Federation as "the highest expression of horse training", where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements."

Day two is stadium jumping, which started today at 11 a.m., and the cross country competition, which is a test of endurance, will be held tomorrow.

Known as eventing, equestrians can ride more than one horse in the competition, but each horse must compete in all three categories.


By: Emily Johnson
March 6, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The 17TH Annual Red Hills International Horse Trials got underway on Thursday. It's a four day event this year starting with Dressage.

The competitors had to deal with the rains all day, they said they had to adjust their game plans. "It's not perfect conditions so it's like driving in a rain storm with slippery conditions. You have to be a little bit more cautious and really look after your horse," Phillip Dutton, Last year's Red Hills winner.

Dressage consists of a five minutes routine where the riders and their horse have memorized certain movements. The local team from Tallahassee, Team Wallace, said Dressage is the groundwork for the rest of the competition. "Intricate movements that we have to do to demonstrate control of our horses and submission and obedience. It's very important for when we go out on cross country because we need those skills," said Elisa Wallace, Team Wallace Rider.

Despite the rainy weather the Cross Country Course Designer Hugh Lochore said their expected a great turnout of folks for the weekend. "It will, the water will soak in a little bit and dry up all at the same time. So Saturday hopefully will be a nice warm day to bring the public in and we'll have a good day of competition," said Hugh Lochore.

On Friday gates will open at 8:00A.M. with another round of Dressage followed by Stadium Jumping.
On Saturday event will start at 7:00A.M.
If you're interested in a complete list of events and attending you can visit the Red Hill website at www.rhht.org


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