Temecula, Calif., Feb. 22, 2014— The Galway Downs International Horse Trials will welcome top-level riders and horses from the United States, Canada and other countries on March 28-30 at the Galway Downs Equestrian Center. Riders will be competing in three international divisions—the CIC3*, the CIC2* and the CIC1*.
Each of the more than 60 horses expected to start will perform in dressage on Friday morning and then negotiate the demanding show jumping course in the late afternoon. Then, on Saturday afternoon, they’ll gallop over the more than 30 jumps on the cross-country course designed by Ian Stark of Great Britain, the Galway Downs course designed since 2007.
Christina Klingspor of Sweden and Alain James of France will judge the international divisions. Andy Bowles of New Zealand will be the international technical delegate.
The Galway Downs International Horse Trials is one of the 11 events across the country comprising the Adequan/USEA Gold Cup Series. Since Galway Downs is one of only two Gold Cup Events in California (and one of the three on the West Coast), it’s a vital competition for advanced riders who are aiming to qualify for the $40,000 Adequan/USEA Gold Cup Series final in September.
Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional’s Choice and the PRO Tour are the Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Horse Trials.
The Gold Medal Sponsors are: Devoucoux, California Horse Trader, MD BarnMaster and Sunsprite Warmbloods.
The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites-Temecula, Holiday Inn Express, SmartPak and Temecula Creek Inn.
The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: American Medical Response, American Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Laboratories, Big Horse Feeds, California Riding Magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse, CWD, Dean and Co. LLC, Finish Line, Freedom RV Rentals, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, Ride On Video, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design.
The Friends are: Eventing Training Online and Success Equestrian Pads.