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August 7, 2012

Rubicon Farm Horse Trials Canceled

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 don’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. “It took a lot of soul searching for Eric [Sheryl’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. We’ve always said that if we couldn’t do it right, we needed to take a step back,” 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, she’s taken on more responsibility at Morven Park’s International Equestrian Center, including helping with the spring and fall horse trials held at the facility.

While the cancellation of Rubicon’s events is sad for Sheryl, she’s excited to move forward with Morven Park’s ambitious new plan for the Equestrian Center, where she’ll oversee the implementation of a master plan, development and fundraising. “For me, Morven Park has always been an unpolished gem,” she said.

“It has been an absolutely fantastic adventure. We jumped right into recognized horse trials with the help of folks like Gretchen Butts, David O’Connor, Shelley Lambert and Greg Schlappi. We were able to bring a really good event to the fore,” she said of Rubicon. “In Area 2 I think we’re very spoiled. We have excellent organizers, fantastic riders, and I can’t express what a thrill it was to be involved with it at such a close, personal level. It’s a sport that I’ll never get very far away from. We’re going to miss it terribly.”

 
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