Middleburg Orange County Pony Club to Run at Great Meadow Field Events Center in The Plains in 2018
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The Middleburg Horse Trials is excited to announce that it will change venues to run at the historic and beautiful Great Meadow Field Events Center in The Plains for 2018.
The Great Meadow Foundation has a history of running three-day events that dates back to the 80s where legends like Bruce Davidson, Jim Wofford and David O’Connor participated in USEF sanctioned events. After a brief hiatus, high-performance eventing returned to Great Meadow in 2014 after the Foundation purchased the adjacent Fleming Farm exclusively to run eventing competitions. After initially running a USEF training session to prepare the US Eventing team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, the Great Meadow International (GMI) was born. GMI ran a CIC3* in 2015 and then later became the first venue outside of Europe to host a leg of the prestigious Nations Cup of Eventing, which still runs today.
MOC is thrilled to brings its long running and popular Horse trials to Great Meadow on June 9-10, 2018. From MOC Organizer, Max Corcoran: “We are so excited to be moving the Middleburg Horse Trials to Great Meadow. With the purchase of new land by The Great Meadow Foundation, it has opened up the opportunity to have another horse trials in addition to Great Meadow International. It is a top-notch facility that is very historic and special to the equestrian community.”
Course designer David O’Connor and MOC course builder John Wells have plans to build a beautiful course on the Fleming Farm parcel. Also new for 2018, Middleburg Horse Trials will run the intro level, in addition to its usual levels of beginner novice, novice, training and preliminary.
The venue also includes a state-of-the-art oval show jumping arena with adjacent warm-up arena, both with Atwood footing.
Although the venue has changed, the same great organizing committee will reconvene joined by the organizers of GMI to bring you this wonderful event. “There are a few of us from the Great Meadow International (GMI) that will be part of both competitions,” Max explains. “David O'Connor will be the course designer - he knows that land better than anyone; Darrin Mollett, the organizer for GMI, will also be part of our team; and I run the show jumping and safety for GMI. The Middleburg Orange County Pony Club (MOPC) has a tireless group of parents who have been working to continue this horse trials - it all wouldn't happen without them.”
The expansive venue brings new opportunities for Middle Horse Trials sponsorship and vendors. Click here for more information about these opportunities. And, there is always the opportunity to participate as a volunteer. Sign up as a volunteer on https://www.eventingvolunteers.com/.
There will also be fundraising events leading up to the horse trials. “The MOPC will be co hosting some clinics to help fund raise for a new water jump - we hope everyone will keep an eye out for more information,” announces Corcoran.
Entries open on April 24. Be sure to get your entries in early, as the event is expected to fill quickly.
The full 2018 Omnibus Listing is available here.
The current entry status will be available beginning in early May 2018 at http://mocpony.club/middleburg-horse-trials/entry-status.
Any entries mailed are updated the day following receipt. 2018 Entries are open from April 24, 2018. Ride times will be posted at http://www.mocponyclub.org/middleburg-horse-trials/times closer to the event. Check here for updates.
Live scoring will begin on June 9 and be posted every fifteen minutes at http://www.coursewalkapp.com/livescores/.
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