December 10th, 2015 – Virginia Horse Trials Announces Course Design Mentor Program
The Virginia Horse Trials would like to announce an exciting opportunity for a young Cross Country Course Designer who is starting their pursuit of Course Designing.
Virginia Horse Trials runs two high class events a year which cater to Beginner Novice to Intermediate and FEI One and Two Star levels run over two separate Cross Country Courses. We also run Team competitions for Young Rider and Intercollegiate in the spring and Adults in the fall, which brings a large diversity of riders to the beautiful Lexington, Virginia countryside.
We are looking for an enthusiastic new Cross Country Course Designer to take over our Horse Center side cross country course which caters for BN to Prelim classes under the mentorship of our recently appointed FEI Course Designer John Nicholson from New Zealand for an initial 2 year period. John is a well-recognized International Designer who designs in numerous countries around the world and who this year was the course director for the FEI International Course Designers Seminar in Ireland, which focused on Designers from all over the world.
You will be expected to be on site for around 10-14 days prior to the events working alongside John and the builders preparing your tracks and learning
during the process. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by VHT and a small fee may be negotiated for the right candidate.
Additional information about the application and selection process can be found here: Course Designer Mentor Program
November 30th, 2015 – Inaugural Intercollegiate Championship to be Hosted at Virginia Horse Trials in 2016
The Virginia Horse Trials is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship at our Spring Horse Trials, May 26-29, 2016.
To read the full article on the United States Eventing Association website, click here: Inaugural Intercollegiate Championship to be Hosted at Virginia Horse Trials in 2016
August 25th, 2015 – Virginia Horse Trials To Host Weeklong Eventing Extravaganza During International Event
This October, fans, spectators, and riders from across the country will enjoy a weeklong extravaganza event centered on the Virginia Horse Trials’ International Competition, Area II Championships and Adult Team Challenge. Organizer Andy Bowles announced that he is thrilled to unveil many new features in a week packed full of activities saying, “Our aim at VHT is to combine training and competition to help riders have the best possible experience. In addition, it marks the start of a three year improvement plan on the horse center side cross country course, that focuses on footing/flow and the arrival of John Nicolson as designer of the Oak Hill cross country courses”.
Things will kick off with a clinic available on a first come first serve basis to all levels of riders given by New Zealand 4* Event Riders Tim and Jonelle Price, along with the United States’ own 4* stand outs Sharon White and Doug Payne October 27 through 29. “My recent experiences in America have revolved around Rolex Kentucky with all the pressure of competing a horse overseas that that entails, so I can’t wait to see more of the States and meet people and horses in a situation where I can be more relaxed. And, of course, we will be bringing a little bit of Kiwi Magic with us to all the training days and that is a very special magic!” remarked Tim Price of his excitement to clinic in the United States for the first time.
In addition to the clinic opportunity, horse and rider combinations will have the chance to participate in schooling rounds Thursday prior to the event in both dressage as well as show jumping. These events are open to all riders, not just those that choose to compete over the weekend. Competitors, owners, spectators, grooms, and all in attendance during the Virginia Horse Trials International Event scheduled for October 29 through November 1 will also notice several changes enhancing the overall experience.
Among these will be improved footing, brand new courses designed by John Nicholson is his United States debut, an elaborate rider party on Saturday evening, outdoor show jumping, and four thousand dollars in prize money for the international classes. Virginia Horse Trials will also proudly host the Area II championships this year, along with an Adult Team Challenge making it a highly anticipated event in more ways than one.
To view the full press release, click here: VHT To Host Eventing Extravaganza
August 24th, 2015 – The Virginia Horse Center Begins Project to Improve Cross-Country Course
The Virginia Horse Trials Team is excited to announce that Earthworks at the Virginia Horse Center has begun work on a three-year project to create new and improved tracks on cross-country on the Horse Center side of the property, improving the footing and enabling better flow of the courses.
June 1st, 2015 – John Nicholson Announced As Course Designer for Virginia Horse Trials
We at the Virginia Horse Trials are pleased to announce that International Course Designer John Nicholson will take over as the new FEI cross-country course designer, beginning with FEI competition set to take place this Fall, October 30th- November 1st, 2015. This event will be Nicholson’s first course design in the United States.
Virginia Horse Trials Organizer Andy Bowles is thrilled to welcome an individual with such a great deal of expertise to his event team saying, “We cannot wait to see what John creates at VHT. His design style is very unique, and brings an aspect of creativity which tests horses and riders accuracy, while being safe and fair at the same time. We are honored to have his first courses in the US be at our event, and are confidant riders will enjoy his design style and knowledge.”
Nicholson looks forward to his first course in the United States taking form this year saying, “It is always a great opportunity to design a course in a new country, at a top class facility, to test and better yourself. I am looking forward to offering US riders a new challenge, and consider it a privilege to work in a country that has produced world-class riders such as Bruce Davidson and David O’Connor. Having worked with Andy in the past, I am sure we can create something very special.”
To view the full press release, click here: Nicholson Announced as New VHT Course Designer