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Phillip Dutton Among Top Riders Competing Beginning TOMORROW at the Virginia Horse Center!

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Virginia Horse Center Foundation
Release Date: 2014-10-30

Fall Virginia Horse Trials Attract More Than 560 Entries 

Lexington, VA – October 30, 2014 – This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall Virginia Horse Trials at the Virginia Horse Center, and the event, to be held Fri., Oct. 31 – Sun., Nov. 2, is on track to be one of the biggest competitions to date.

“We have 570 horses coming in for Beginner-Novice level through the CIC2*,” said founder and manager of the Virginia Horse Trials, Brian Ross. “We have quite an international field of riders. Phillip Dutton is coming in and a few other top riders such as Lynn Symansky.”

In addition to ushering in top competitors like Dutton, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, the Virginia Horse Trials will host the United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Area 2 Championships for Beginner Novice through Intermediate level eventers.

Outside of the regular individual competition, the Fall Virginia Horse Trials will also be offering the Adult Rider Team Challenge and the College Team Challenge.

“The Adult Rider Team Challenge is for amateur competitors, and it should be fun. Riders are coming from Maine and Canada and lots of other places,” Ross said.

The Fall Virginia Horse Trials serve as one of the final events before the winter, and it’s an event that riders have grown to look forward to over the past 25 years.

“People want to finish their year off on a good note and Virginia has become a destination,” Ross said.

There is no cost to spectate the event, and all onlookers are welcome. For more information and event times visit

Media interested in attending the event should contact Emily at or by phone at (717) 368-8102.

Fall Virginia Horse Trials Fast Facts:

What: The Fall Virginia Horse Trials

When: October 31 – November 1, 2014

Where: Virginia Horse Center
487 Maury River Rd, Lexington, VA 24450


Media Contact: Emily Riden
(717) 368-8102


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