Galway Downs Hosts First West Coast World Cup Qualifier
first World Cup Finals will be held in Pau, France this October,
and Galway Downs is hosting the only West Coast qualifying event
for both United States riders, and riders from other national federations.
Any American rider finishing in the top four of the CIC-W*** will
receive an invitation to the inaugural World Cup Finals.
addition, the March 28-30 Jaguar Select Edition World Cup Qualifier
at Galway Downs will feature the new eventing format that will be
used at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Riders will perform
their dressage test on Friday, and on Saturday they will compete
over a 38 obstacle cross country course. The significant format
change is that there will be no roads and tracks, and no steeplechase.
On Sunday morning the horses will undergo a veterinary inspection
before competing in the final phase - show jumping. The Galway Downs
event only has competitions for individual horses and riders. However,
in the Olympics the team competition will follow the above format.
Following the stadium jumping round, the top 25 individuals will
jump another round to determine the individual medalists. The Jaguar
Select Edition World Cup Qualifier at Galway Downs provides a great
opportunity for eventing enthusiasts to observe the new format.
event will truly have an international flair, befitting its CIC-W***
status with riders from Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, as
well as the United States. Some of American's top eventing riders
will be vying for an invitation to the World Cup Finals. World Equestrian
Games riders Amy Tryon and Gina Miles will both be competing, as
well as local talents Natalie Rooney and Jill Walton.
addition to keen competition in the CIC*, CIC** and the CIC-W***,
spectators can enjoy great food and fun events throughout the weekend.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Diaz at (760) 212-2588
or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Marnye Langer at