World Equestrian Games Preparatory Trials

Great Meadow
5089 Old Tavern Rd.
The Plains, VA 20198
Region Northern Virginia
Locality Fauquier
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014 (8:00 AM-1:00 PM)
Phone: (540) 253-5000
Great Meadow Foundation

If you are not are horse person, you may be asking yourself, "what are the World Equestrian Games Preparatory Trials?" A basic explanation is: The World Equestrian Games are the world championships. Great Meadow is holding the preparatory trial for championship team before leaving for Normandy France and the World Equestrian Games. There are three phases to the trials, like a triathalon. The first phase of the trial is dressage, which is when horse and rider "dance" together demonstrating technique and nonverbal communication skills. You could relate this phase to pairs figure skating. The second phase of the trial is stadium jumping. This phase of the event is similar to our Twilight Jumpers event. Horse and rider test speed and agility by jumping a series of obstacles in an alotted amount of time without knocking down any fence rails (which is easy to do!) The third phase of the event is called cross country. You can think of the cross country phase as a tough mudder event. Horse and rider gallop a long distance over rolling hills and jump over natural looking obstacles like huge logs and water complexes. This is very exciting to watch. The winner of the trials is determined by who has the lowest cumulative score after completion of all three phases of the trial.

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Admission Fee: $30 per carload for each phase, or $50 per carload for all three phases.

Last Updated: 5/8/2014 3:54 PM
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