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The Woodside International Horse Trials: A Milestone for Top Competitors

Woodside, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012 – Each year, top eventing competitors plan their schedules with one goal in mind: qualifying for a three-day event. And in October that means the return of the West Coast’s best horses and riders to he Woodside International Horse Trials, on Oct. 4-7, to ensure they get the qualifying scores they need at the three-star, two-star and one-star levels.

For West Coast riders who are aiming for the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event, on Nov. 1-4, their journey will most likely have to go through the Horse Park at Woodside, just south of San Francisco, Calif. This is the second year that the Woodside International Horse Trials will be offering these all-important qualifying events, and last year’s inaugural international competition at Woodside overflowed with talent and tension, as top riders and horses battled for the blue ribbons and prizes.

“The Federation Equestre Internationale requires horses and riders to achieve qualifying scores in international horse trials [CICs] like Woodside in order to compete in international three-day events [CCIs] like Galway Downs,” explained Woodside organizer Robert Kellerhouse. “ Since I also organize the Galway Downs CCI, I understand how vital it is to have these qualifiers available.

“Without the CIC classes at Woodside, many of our West Coast riders wouldn’t be able to continue up the competitive ladder,” added Kellerhouse.

After winning last October’s Woodside CIC3*, James Alliston and Jumbo’s Jake went on to win the Galway Downs CCI3*, proving that a good round at Woodside lays the groundwork for a top performance at the three-day event. This year, Alliston has several mounts to choose from, including veterans Jumbo’s Jake and Parker and up-and-coming superstar Tivoli.

Professional’s Choice and Equine Insurance of California are the presenting sponsors of the Woodside International Horse Trials.

Devoucoux and Equine Comfort Products are the Gold Medal Sponsors.

Saddlery Solutions, Voltaire Design and CWD are the Silver Medal Sponsors.

Auburn Laboratories Inc., California Horse Trader, Flair Equine Nasal Strips, Geranium Street Floral, Point Two Air Jackets, Professional Riders Organization, Ride On Video, SmartPak Equine and Sunsprite Warmbloods are the Bronze Medal Sponsors.

More than 300 riders will contest Woodside’s national divisions, from advanced to beginner novice, with only an elite level of about 60 riders competing in the international divisions.

The international horses will start their competition on Thursday afternoon, with the first inspection for soundness in front of the ground jury and head veterinarian. A welcome reception for all competitors follows at 5:30. Dressage will start at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, with the show jumping for the three international divisions starting at 2:00 on Friday afternoon, followed by a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 overlooking the competition arena.

“These receptions give the spectators and other riders a chance to cheer on and appreciate the athleticism of the amazing equine athletes and their human partners,” said Kellerhouse. “It’s a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of today and tomorrow.”

On Saturday, spectators will get to enjoy the heart of the sport of eventing—the cross-country phase—as the previous day’s pairs will tackle Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course in reverse order of their two-phase standing. There will be an awards reception and party that evening in a ringside tent.

Patron’s passes are available for the parties on Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Reserved tables of 10 for all three evening functions are available for $600, or $300 per night for single evenings. Individual seats for all three evenings are $75, or $35 for one evening.

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