Wits End Horse Trials

Wits End Horse Trials

September 10, 2007 16:01 ET

Thrills in the Hills: Dufferin County, Ontario to Host Canada's First FEI World Cup™ Eventing Qualifier

MANSFIELD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2007) - Wits End Horse Trials has announced it will host Canada's first and only International Equestrian Federation (FEI) sanctioned World Cup™ Eventing Qualifier, September 28-30, 2007. Wits End Farm is located at 996300 Mulmer/Tosorontio Townline, north of Hwy 89 in Mansfield, Dufferin County, an hour north of Toronto.

The equestrian equivalent of triathlon, eventing tests speed, endurance and athleticism over three phases of competition - dressage (tests mental preparation and physical prowess), cross-country (measure's the horse and rider's bravery, endurance and skill) and stadium (demonstrates that after cross country, the horse is still supple, agile and obedient.) Riders and horses must be fit and fearless; gender and age is no barrier if the rider possesses the necessary courage. This event is expected to attract top horse/rider combinations from across Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, all vying for a place at the 2008 FEI World Cup™ Finals.

"We're thrilled to host this prestigious competition," says show organizer and international eventing judge, Jo Young. "The FEI gives permission to host a qualifier to only a select few venues. Being chosen is an honour for our young facility, and equestrian sports in Canada."

Spectators are welcome. The event also features a trade fair. Admission is $5 per vehicle, with proceeds to Wits End Horse Trials and Safe Communities of the Hill Country - a local organization committed to promoting safety through awareness and education.

Owned and operated by long-time international equestrians, Jo Young and Bill McKeen, Wits End is a 60-acre equestrian facility dedicated to the development of Canadian riders and horses through top level competition, and to training officials to international and Olympic caliber.

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