The Middleburg Horse Trials is excited tohave changed venues to run at the historic and beautiful Great Meadow Field Events Center in The Plains. This is our third year running the event at this location. Volunteers will be given a voucher that can be used for schooling the Wednesday after the HT from 8AM-1PM.
*NEW THIS YEAR* All volunteers will be invited to attend a lecture & mounted demonstration by David O’Connor and his top students in the Fleming Farm Arena focused "The Horse First" in three-day eventing, competition prep and overall horsemanship. Auditing of this interactive and engaging presentation is open exclusively to volunteers. It is Sat after our competition.
Great Meadow has a history of three-day events that dates back to the 80s where legends like Bruce Davidson, Jim Wofford and David O’Connor participated in USEF sanctioned events. After a brief hiatus, high-performance eventing returned to Great Meadow in 2014 after the Foundation purchased the adjacent Fleming Farm exclusively to run eventing competitions. After initially running a USEF training session to prepare the US Eventing team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, the Great Meadow International (GMI) was born. GMI ran a CIC3* in 2015 and then later became the first venue outside of Europe to host a leg of the prestigious Nations Cup of Eventing. In 2019 the GMl ran a CCI2-S, CCI3-S, and CCI4-S and will again in 2020 as well as adding a Preliminary level.
MOC is thrilled to bring its long running and popular Horse trials to Great Meadow on June 6-7, 2020. From MOC Organizer, Max Corcoran: “We are so excited that we moved the Middleburg Horse Trials to Great Meadow. With the purchase of new land by The Great Meadow Foundation, it has opened up the opportunity to have another horse trials in addition to Great Meadow International. It is a top-notch facility that is very historic and special to the equestrian community.” Course designer David O’Connor and MOC course builder John Wells have built a beautiful course on the Fleming Farm parcel. Middleburg Horse Trials will run its usual levels of beginner novice, novice, training and preliminary. The venue also includes a state-of-the-art oval show jumping arena with adjacent warm-up arena, both with Atwood footing.
Although the venue has changed, the same great organizing committee will reconvene joined by the organizers of GMI to bring you this wonderful event. “There are a few of us from the Great Meadow International (GMI) that will be part of both competitions,” Max explains. “David O'Connor along with Jon Wells are the course designes - David knows that land better than anyone; Darrin Mollett, the organizer for GMI, will also be part of our team; and I run the show jumping and safety for GMI. The Middleburg Orange County Pony Club (MOPC) has a tireless group of parents who have been working to continue this horse trials - it all wouldn't happen without them.”
We look forward to this eventand hope you can help by volunteering