Morven Park Fall Horse Trials Announcement

Morven Park Horse Trials- Phillip Dutton riding Fernhill PickPocket Credit GRC Photo

LEESBURG, VA – October 2–4, 2020, Morven Park will host the Morven Park Fall Horse Trials, offering Novice through Advanced level competition! Registration via EventEntries.com will open on August 18. Morven Park has proudly featured annual horse trials since 1974 and looks forward to welcoming equestrians to compete in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country.

The FEI levels originally scheduled have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This would have been the first time a CCI4*-L was offered at Morven Park. Park staff were anticipating a record number of competitors, volunteers, and officials to attend from around the United States and other countries. Additionally, inaugural CCI2*YH-S and CCI3*YH-S levels had been planned to showcase up-and-coming horses.

Morven Park has been working for months to prepare for the FEI levels of competition. Ultimately, the increased risk of hosting an international horse trials amid rising COVID-19 cases, compounded with the additional cost of safety measures, proved to be too great. 

“This decision was about safety,” according to the Park’s Executive Director, Sheryl Williams. “Running an event of this scale is difficult, but to try to host FEI levels during a global pandemic proved to be too taxing on our resources and too risky for everyone’s health. This adjusted format allows us to move forward with competition and provide a great weekend of eventing.”

While spectators will not be allowed to attend the Morven Park Fall Horse Trials due to COVID-19 restrictions, Morven Park’s Media Sponsor, Eventing Nation, will be streaming the competition live on their website. Streaming details will be released closer to the event date and will be available on MorvenPark.org/HorseTrials and EventingNation.com.

Morven Park Horse Trials Emma Klugman riding Bendigo Credit GRC Photo

The Morven Park International Equestrian Center would like to thank Equestrian Center Platinum Sponsor B&D Builders, Official Sponsor SmartPak, Bronze Sponsor Coat Defense, sponsor Total Equine Veterinary Associates, and welcomes Horse Trials Gold Sponsor Taylor Harris Insurance Services.

In addition to the Morven Park Fall Horse Trials, the 2020 calendar has been expanded to include the Morven Park Winter Horse Trials, scheduled for November 14–15, 2020. Beginner Novice through Preliminary competition will be offered. Registration will open on September 29. Visit MorvenPark.org/Equestrian for event details. For sponsorship opportunities, email StrategicPartnerships@MorvenPark.org

About the Morven Park International Equestrian CenterMorven Park International Equestrian Center is a premier competition venue located in Loudoun County, Virginia, and attracts some of the world’s top riders. Morven Park hosts events year-round, and in nearly all riding disciplines, such as carriage driving, hunter/jumper shows, dressage competitions, and the Spring and Fall Horse Trials. The Equestrian Center grew out of the renowned Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, one of the world’s most prestigious riding academies. In addition to holding competitions and events, Morven Park also welcomes riders and show managers to rent facilities such as the indoor and outdoor arenas, stalls, café, and show office space. To learn more, visit MorvenPark.org/Equestrian.

About Morven Park Morven Park is a 1,000-acre nonprofit park in Leesburg, Virginia. Known as the “Central Park” of Loudoun County, Morven Park welcomes 250,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy exquisite scenery, formal boxwood gardens, the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, the Athletic Field Complex, the iconic Greek Revival mansion, museums, and hiking trails. For more information, or to support the Park, visit MorvenPark.org