The Rubicon Farm Fall Horse Trials, scheduled for Nov. 10-11 in Lucketts, Va., has been canceled. The spring event, originally slated for June 9-10, was also cancelled earlier this year. Farm owners and event organizers Eric and Sheryl Williams donâ€™t anticipate hosting any more events at the site.
The popular U.S. Eventing Association Area 2 event began in 2003. According to Sheryl, the farm will be put up for sale due to time constraints. â€śIt took a lot of soul searching for Eric [Sherylâ€™s husband] and I before we made the decision. We have opted to stop running horse trials at the farm primarily because work and travel schedules have us running in too many different directions in order to give it the time and justice that it deserves. Weâ€™ve always said that if we couldnâ€™t do it right, we needed to take a step back,â€ť she said.
In 2010, Sheryl took on a full-time position as business office manager at Morven Park, a 1,000-acre site with a historic home in Leesburg, Va. This year, sheâ€™s taken on more responsibility at Morven Parkâ€™s International Equestrian Center, including helping with the spring and fall horse trials held at the facility.
While the cancellation of Rubiconâ€™s events is sad for Sheryl, sheâ€™s excited to move forward with Morven Parkâ€™s ambitious new plan for the Equestrian Center, where sheâ€™ll oversee the implementation of a master plan, development and fundraising. â€śFor me, Morven Park has always been an unpolished gem,â€ť she said.
â€śIt has been an absolutely fantastic adventure. We jumped right into recognized horse trials with the help of folks like Gretchen Butts, David Oâ€™Connor, Shelley Lambert and Greg Schlappi. We were able to bring a really good event to the fore,â€ť she said of Rubicon. â€śIn Area 2 I think weâ€™re very spoiled. We have excellent organizers, fantastic riders, and I canâ€™t express what a thrill it was to be involved with it at such a close, personal level. Itâ€™s a sport that Iâ€™ll never get very far away from. Weâ€™re going to miss it terribly.â€ť