Over the Walls Horse Trials To Host USEA Gold Cup Series
MANovember 19, 2003The Over The Walls Horse Trials,
set to return to Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, Massachusetts,
July 30August 1, 2004, has been selected to host a United
States Eventing Association (USEA) Gold Cup Series event.
USEA Gold Cup Series includes seven of the nations premier
eventing competition venues and promises spectators and enthusiasts
everywhere an exciting format of competition to follow throughout
the year. The Series offers increased prize money for competitors
and the chance to vie for the grand prize purse and title of USEA
Gold Cup Series Champion. The USEA Gold Cup Series is designed to
be attractive and exiting to the public as well as inherently valuable
to sponsors. Local residents will have the opportunity to watch
one of the most exciting equestrian sports in the United States.
are excited to have Over the Walls be part of the USEA Gold Cup
Series, said Torrance Watkins, the 1984 Olympic team Gold
Medalist who organizes the Over the Walls Horse Trials on her central
Massachusetts property. Over the Walls already features the
nations top eventing riders and this will provide even more
prestige for our events top finishers.
and riders from all over the country will compete for top honors
in the equestrian sport known as eventing. An Olympic sport since
1912, eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. There
are three phases: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Dressage
tests the horse and riders ability to perform a series of
prescribed classical movements in an enclosed arena in a sort of
equestrian ballet. During cross-country, horse and rider gallop
over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles from
sturdy fences to ditches and water complexes. In the show jumping
phase, horse and rider jump a course of painted fences in an enclosed
Over the Walls Horse Trials also features the National Advanced
Horse Trials Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy as well as
seven other Advanced, Preliminary and Young Rider division classes.
levels of competition at the Over the Walls Horse Trials are designed
for horses and riders who see this competition as a stepping-stone
on the path to someday representing their country, whether it be
the United States or any of the other countries who have riders
competing at Over the Walls, at the Olympic Games.
dont have to have Olympic dreams to enjoy a day of fun while
experiencing the thrill of a sport that showcases the bravery and
talent of the worlds most amazing equine athletes and celebrates
the unique partnership between horse and rider. Everyone is invited
to the Over The Walls Horse Trials to see firsthand why more and
more spectators are showing up each year to experience the thrill
of one of the worlds fastest growing equestrian sports.
information on the Over the Walls Horse Trials is available by visiting
the official website at www.overthewalls.com.