USEA Gold Cup Series Returns to the
2013 Richland Park Horse Trials
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is returning to
Richland Park August 22 - 25, 2013
This national equestrian competition series features top Advanced eventing riders and horses that are in the run for the 2012 Adequan USEA Gold Cup and cash prizes. Riders accumulate Gold Cup points by riding in any of eight such events across the country, making the Richland Park Horse Trials now one of the premier equestrian competitions in the nation.
But, the Gold Cup series is not all.
Karen O'Connor, the 2007 Gold Medalist at the Pan Am Games, is among nearly 450 U.S. and Canadian horses and riders expected to compete in Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced, CIC 2 * and CIC 3* levels at the eleventh annual Richland Park Horse Trials to be held August 23-26 at the Richland Park complex at 8651 North 30th Street, Richland, Michigan.
This equestrian event, in cooperation with the United States Eventing Association, the USEF, and the FEI, is an equestrian triathlon which includes the standard three phases of dressage, cross country jumping and stadium jumping. Thursday, August 23 will feature the international CIC levels performing their dressage tests as well as the Advanced and Intermediate divisions. On Friday, August 24 all remaining levels will perform their dressage tests. Cross country jumping will take place on Saturday, August 25 and will feature the upper level horses and riders. Novice and Training level will compete in the stadium jumping phase on Saturday. Sunday, August 26, Novice and Training will ride the cross country phase and the Upper level horses and riders will ride the stadium jumping phase. Organizers of the horse trials are Bob and Kay Willmarth, owners of the Richland layout, which is located at 8651 N. 30th Street, just 3/10's of a mile south of M-89.
Last year's trials attracted several thousand spectators and considerable newspaper, radio and television coverage. Single day parking and admission is $10.00 per car. Weekend parking and admission per car (four, three or two day) is $15.00. Parking fees are being donated to the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta, which provides riding experiences for a variety of special needs children and adults. We invite you to spend A WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY just outside the lovely village of Richland.
Refreshments and Richland Park souvenirs will be available for purchase.
Between 2001 and 2008 the cross country course was designed by Michael Etherington-Smith of Great Britain, a widely respected Olympic and international course designer. He was the course designer at the Rolex Kentucky Four Star Event in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. Mike also designed the Sydney Olympic course, and the Beijing Olympic Course. His final project before retiring from course design is designing the 2009 World Equestrian Games to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Currently Mike is the head of British Eventing. Bob & Kay would like to thank Mike for making Richland Park a world class eventing destination and for making our dreams come true.
We are pleased and excited to announce IAN STARK, of Scotland is taking over as our course designer. Ian has won 4 Olympic Silver Medals; Los Angeles in 1984; Seoul in 1988, individual silver as well as team silver; and at Sydney in 2000 in team Show Jumping. He is a three time winner of Badminton, 1986 and 1988 riding Sir Wattie. It was in 1988 that he won with Sir Wattie and finished second on Glenburnie, and is the only competitor to finish 1st and 2nd in Badminton history. He won again in 1999 aboard JayBee. Ian retired from competition at the 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Ian’s rapidly becoming one of the top cross country designers in the world and is also designing Galway Downs in California and Rebecca Farm in Montana.
Our cross country course builders are Bert Wood of Temecula, California and Jay Hambly of Guelph, Ontario Canada.
April 13, 2013