As a colorful sidebar to their challenging equestrian competition, Red Hills International Horse Trials will celebrate Florida’s quincentenary (1513 - 2013), by saluting the role of the horse in the state’s development.
The theme for this year’s international horse trials, always a significant Tallahassee event, was announced this past week at a Sponsors’ Kickoff gathering at El Destino Farm, home of Jane and Tom Barron. Sponsors were treated to a special dressage exhibition by Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) Dressage Instructor Eugene Abello and two of his students, Grande Prix equestrians Molly Tatham and Lynnette Wadsworth, who performed a stunning twilight musical freestyle to The Ride of the Valkyries.
RHHT 2013 will take place March 8 - 10 at Elinor Klapp Phipps Park. As in the past, top riders and horses from at least two dozen states and 10 countries are expected to compete in the fifteenth Red Hills CIC-3 star event. Last year, four out of five members of the United States Olympic Team competed at RHHT prior to being selected for the 2012 Olympics!
Red Hills has again been selected to be the first event of the 2013 Adequan Gold Cup Pro Rider Series, where the best of the best vie for prize money, trophies and the title of Adequan Gold Cup Pro Rider Champion. Other changes in the works include a new FEI-mandated time schedule for selected levels at the three days of Eventing competition. The CIC Divisions will Show Jump on Friday afternoon, after Dressage and before Saturday’s Cross-Country.