The Galway Downs International Three-Day Event will take place on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Galway Downs in Temecula. Approximately 150 horses will compete in three-day events at three international levels and one national level.
The weekend's featured competition is the CCI3*, with horses and riders coming from across the United States, Canada, South America and from Europe to compete for the top prizes. Galway Downs is one of only four CCI3* events held annually in North America, and it's the only North American CCI3* held west of the Mississippi River.
In addition, horses and riders will contest the CCI2*, the CCI*, and the classic-format training–level three-day event.
The horses will perform their dressage tests on either Thursday or Friday, Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, and then they'll all gallop around the spectacular and spectator-friendly cross-country course, once again designed by British Olympian Ian Stark, on Saturday, Nov. 2. The event reaches its climax with the show jumping and awards on Sunday, Nov. 3.
This year Galway Downs will also feature 4- and 5-year-old horses whose riders hope they'll contest these three-day events in the future. Galway Downs will host the West Coast Championships for the USEA Young Event Horse Series and for the Irish Draught Horse Society of North America Future Event Horse Series.
The winner of the West Coast Young Event Horse Championships will be eligible for the U.S. Eventing Association's Holekamp/Turner Young Event Horse Grant, which will make it possible for one U.S. horse to compete in the 2015 FEI World Young Event Horse Championships at Le Lion d'Angers in France. If the top-scoring horse from the East Coast and West Coast Championships is U.S.-bred, the grant is worth $17,500.
The weekend will also be filled with musical acts on all four days, and spectators will enjoy music, food and wine at several oasis destinations located around the cross-country course on Saturday. Check the Galway Downs website in coming weeks for the complete musical line-up.
Equine Insurance of California, Land Rover, Professional's Choice and the PRO Tour are the Presenting Sponsors of the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event.
The Gold Medal Sponsors are: California Horse Trader, MD Barn Master and Sunsprite Warmbloods.
The Silver Medal Sponsors are: Charles Owen, Embassy Suites Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Majyk Equipe, SmartPak and the Temecula Creek Inn.
The Bronze Medal Sponsors are: American Medical Response, American Horse Trials Foundation, Auburn Labs Advanced Protection Formula, Big Horse Feeds, Cavalor, CWD, Finish Line, Geranium Street Equestrian, Point Two Air Jackets, California Riding Magazine., Ride On Video, Triple Crown Nutrition and Voltaire Design.
More info: www.galwaydowns.com. Press release provided by Galway Downs.